16-Piece Hip-Hop Collective The Urban Renewal Project Drop New Single "Red Eye"
One of two things can happen when you put 16 talented musicians together: cacophony or magic. In the case of Los Angeles jam band The Urban Renewal Project, you get both. On their newest single “Red Eye,” they deliver a dizzying hip-hop track packed with groovy influence.
“Red Eye” wastes no time — it can’t, with sixteen people contributing their wide-ranging skills, so it kicks off with smashing gong and shimmering percussion as a hip-hop beat unfurls underneath lazing rap delivery. The verses alternate between voices, clever wordplay tossed between warring tones and speeds, but the arrangement remains consistent — inspired by Balinese music and culture, “Red Eye” is spun into a dizzy, dazzling soundscape of low percussive pumps, big orchestral moments, and heavy brass buzzes, successfully merging jazzy Asian influence with punchy Americanized rap.