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Urban Renewal Project and Camp Lo announce tour dates

by Khyle Deen. Published Thu 07 Sep 2017 21:22, last updated: 07/09/17

On September 14, hip-hop infused big band The Urban Renewal Project and renowned Bronx rap duo Camp Lo will kick off a fall tour in support of The Urban Renewal Project's forthcoming album 21st Century Ghost, in which Camp Lo is featured.

Not only are Camp Lo and The Urban Renewal Project celebrating the release of 21st Century Ghost, but they are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Camp Lo's debut album Uptown Saturday Night, which was recently spotlighted in retrospectives by SPIN, Mass Appeal, and The Boombox, who called it an “unsung 90s classic.

Recorded at the same time Jay-Z recorded his debut album Reasonable Doubt, parts of both Reasonable Doubt and Uptown Saturday Night were produced by Ski (David Willis), and recorded in his Harlem apartment.

Camp Lo and Jay-Z crossed paths during the recording of their respective debut albums, and the artists drew inspirations from each other. Jay-Z’s “Feeling It” was even supposed to be a Camp Lo song but with Camp Lo’s permission, the producer gave the track to Jay.

The tour launches in The Urban Renewal Project's hometown of Los Angeles with a release night celebration show of 21st Century Ghost at Los Globos. A genre-bending meditation on isolation in the era of hyperconnectivity, 21st Century Ghost features nine guest vocalists that run the gamut from L.A. MC Hugh Augustine to indie pop princess Gavin Turek. Due out September 15, 2017, preorder 21st Century Ghost via the Fastrac/Resonance website.

Camp Lo features on the first single from 21st Century Ghost, "Don't Ask Y". Premiered on HipHopDX, this funky, uplifting track "fuses '90s sounding Hip Hop with deep funk beats and powerful brass.

“It was an amazing opportunity for us to work with Hip Hop legends Camp Lo, and their classic flow came together perfectly with our live band sound on this track,” bandleader R.W. Enoch, Jr. tells DX. “‘Don’t Ask Y’ is a wake-up call for everyone to be a trailblazer, not a trend chaser.”

Urban Renewal Project, Camp Lo tour dates:

9/14: Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA - tickets

9/15: Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ - tickets

9/17: Speakeasy Vape Lounge - Coloroado Springs, CO - tickets
9/18: Cervantes' Other Side - Denver, CO - tickets
9/20: The House Cafe - Dekalb, IL - tickets
9/21: The Promontory - Chicago, IL - tickets
9/22: The Winchester - Cleveland, OH - tickets
9/23: Diesel Club Lounge - Pittsburgh, PA - tickets
9/24: Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH (without Camp Lo) - tickets
10/8: Wallis-Annenberg Center - Beverly Hills, CA (without Camp Lo) - info
10/14: Kushstock - San Bernardino, CA (without Camp Lo) - info
10/15: Topanga Community Concert - Los Angeles, CA (without Camp Lo) - tickets

The Urban Renewal Project is a dynamic young big band out of Los Angeles, playing an original mix of jazz, soul and hip-hop. Since 2010, the 15-piece ensemble has teamed up with singers and rappers to blend the hip-shaking grooves and deep pocket of today's music with face-melting horn lines and fiery improvisation from big band jazz. Just this year, their signature sound has blown away audiences from San Jose's Jazz Summerfest to opening for 2 Chainz at Kushstock and beyond.

Born from a high school talent show act assembled by saxophonist and bandleader R.W. Enoch, The Urban Renewal Project began in earnest when Enoch met rapper Elmer Demond in Los Angeles several years later. After experimenting with different musical approaches and configurations, which can be heard on earlier releases Local Legend (2014) and Go Big or Go Home (2012), the two settled on their current set-up: a big band performing a mix of soul, hip hop, jazz and pop music with guest vocalists from each genre — every song incorporating the polish and drive of contemporary pop records with the vibrant energy of live ensemble performance.

21st Century Ghost marks the debut release from Fastrac Records, a new label imprint from Resonance Records focusing on new recordings of contemporary and emerging artists in jazz, soul, hip-hop, funk, latin and more.

This record marks the first time the band worked with producer Neil Wogensen, a member of indie folk-rock band Valley Queen, who was featured on an NPR Tiny Desk concert last July. Bandleader R.W. Enoch said of the experience “it was amazing to see how Neil transformed a good-sounding band into something really special on these recordings.”

In addition to Demond, guest vocalists on the album are Hugh Augustine, who is coming off two high-profile features in 2016 on Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade (2016/Top Dawg Entertainment) and the single “Nights On Replay” with Syd from The Internet; Amber Navran, who is also in the band Moonchild on the UK label Tru Thoughts; and Alex Nester, a cancer survivor who has performed with Santana and runs a cancer charity called #BurnItDown.

Track Listing:
1. Overture (1:47)
2. Newsflash Ft. Elmer Demond (3:02)
3. Hide Ft. Elmer Demond (5:54)
4. Don't Ask Y Ft. Camp Lo (2:50)
5. Armor Love Ft. Gavin Turek (4:32)
6. Road to Victory Ft. Hugh Augustine & Alex Nester (3:53)
7. Wait for Me Ft. T.J. Wilkins (3:47)
8. Another Day Ft. Alex Nester & Elmer Demond (4:45)
9. Here at Night Ft. Amber Navran & Elmer Demond (5:17)
10. Roll Credits Ft. Elmer Demond (2:52)

Resonance Records is a multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning label (most recently for John Coltrane’s Offering: Live at Temple University for "Best Album Notes") that prides itself in creating beautifully designed, informative packaging to accompany previously unreleased recordings by the jazz icons who grace Resonance's catalog. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Resonance Records is a division of Rising Jazz Stars, Inc. a California 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation created to discover the next jazz stars and advance the cause of jazz. Current Resonance Artists include Polly Gibbons, Tamir Hendelman, Christian Howes and Donald Vega. www.ResonanceRecords.org

Fastrac Records is a new label imprint from Resonance Records that will feature new recordings of contemporary and emerging artists in and outside of jazz.

Pre-order on iTunes and receive "Don't Ask Y (ft. Camp Lo)", "Newsflash
(ft. Elmer Demond)" & "Armor Love (ft. Gavin Turek)" instantly:


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