The Urban Renewal Project has been kicking around the Pacific Coast for the better part of four years, using the instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between pop, soul, jazz and hip-hop. The band's dynamic and multifarious live performances have captivated listeners and brought audiences to their feet in packed rooms from The House of Blues in LA to Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
With the combined vocal talents of the jazz singing, trombone playing Aubrey Logan and freestyle rap virtuoso Elmer Demond, the URP is back with its sophomore release in Local Legend. The album's nine original tracks draw from a eclectic variety of styles—including R&B, swing, and West African highlife—while remaining unified by the melodic earworms and hip-shaking grooves that characterize the group's sound. Their debut release, Go Big or Go Home (2012), was called one of the most exciting hybrid releases to come along in some time, and the follow-up takes it one step further. Local Legend will be available this September on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere else!
It is truly amazing to see musicians who can play legitimate jazz and funk
music in such a big way. Plenty of groups play hip hop with a jazz tone, but
not like this. The talent and precision it takes to pull off a sound of such
magnitude is beyond impressive. – Gerry Doot, LA Music Blog
... if you had to choose a band to spend a day with, this is definitely the one
you'd want to be around. The fun energy with this band can be heard on the
music from their new CD, which blends a rich gumbo of jazz, pop, soul and
hip-hop... there are tracks here that will provide the perfect upbeats for a
great party. – Asha Brodie, Jazz Moods Radio
A tasty romp through a panoply of city streets... – The Midwest Record