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Wu-Tang Clan meets Interpol: RZA and Paul Banks form new collaboration Banks & Steelz

Hear their first song, ‘Love and War’

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Hip-hop and alternative rock are melding like never before in new music duo Banks & Steelz: The collaboration consists of de facto Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA and Interpol frontman Paul Banks.

Banks & Steelz premiered their debut track, “Love and War,” Thursday on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show. On the track, Banks sings the chorus, “If all is fair in love and war, what you keeping score for?” in a layered and electronic voice, as RZA and featured artist Ghostface Killah rap the verses over an ominous keyboard progression. The song will be available for through all digital retailers on Friday, and Banks & Steelz will release the song’s video that same day.

“When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” RZA, who’s been working with Banks since 2013, said in a statement. “We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”

Banks & Steelz’s debut album is due out later this year. Listen to “Love and War” below.