...and four other things you need to know about this week, including a gripping TV doc about the unbuilding of Camp Bastion, a mind-bending new Haruki Murakami novel (with pictures!) and the cinematic canonisation of Billy MurrayMore
After three years of rumours, false dawns and in-fighting, the new Wu Tang Clan album, Better Tomorrow, is finally upon us. Tomorrow, as it happens, a little over 20 years since their revolutionary debut Enter The Wu Tang Clan (36 Chambers).
And you can breath a sigh of relief: RZA, Raekwon et al are on form: clean guitar trills, thumping piano bass-lines, soaring strings and even some beyond-the-grave new verses from ODB make this a special album indeed. And what’s more they’re making more than just one copy this time. HZA!
A Better Tomorrow by Wu Tang Clan is out on 2 December (Warner Bros)
In this one-off programme to be shown on Sunday, Channel Four takes us on a tour round Camp Bastion, the monumental base that kept the British operation in Afghanistan afloat. And yes, even though the unfortunate name makes it sound like a daytime property show, it’s actually a thoughtful documentary directed by Richard Parry following the teams whose job it is to take it apart and ship it all back to the UK, while fending off the constant threat of the Taliban.
It’s a candid insight into the people who maintained the sandy metropolis that became Britain’s biggest overseas base since World War II (incredibly, it was the same size as Reading) and regardless of whether you think it should have existed at all, it’s an intriguing exploration of what – if anything – we are leaving behind.
The Billion-Pound Base: Dismantling Camp Bastion will shown at 8pm on Sunday on Channel 4