The Urban Renewal Project returns with a bang as they share their latest single “Red Eye”. The 16 piece hip-hop ensemble once again channel their touring experience and transcribe it on wax for the rest of us to feel and nod our heads to. Long-time collaborator Elmer Demond and his laid-back flows are joined by the manic and unpredictable newcomer Slim da Reazon, as well as the band’s once-and-future bassist Dustin Morgan, a.k.a. Yung Jinja, now rocking the mic. The trio rhyme over instrumental grooves devised by bandleader R.W. Enoch and the group’s 13 instrumentalists while Alex Nester provides effortless soul, pop and funk vocals to complete the ensemble.
Demond reveals, “We met some amazing people over there, and I studied with some local gamelan musicians and worked with them to record on authentic Balinese instruments for elements of this track (‘gamelan’ is the local Bahasa word for the Indonesian traditional orchestra)”.
“Red Eye” is taken from their forthcoming EP titled Love Glory Duty Death.
The Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles based band that uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz, and hip-hop. The group features a big band horn section, a singer and a rapper who perform upbeat originals and fresh interpretations of everything from jazz standards to recent hits. They’ve toured nationally from New York’s Rockwood Music Hall to the San Jose Jazz Summerfest, most recently at the Jakarta Jazz Festival and SXSW, and their recordings have received airplay on taste-making radio stations across the country, including KCRW–Santa Monica and WDCB–Chicago.