Globetrotting producer Onra has staked his claim as one of the most exciting beat-makers of the past few years, thanks to releases like the 80's Funk beat album Long Distance, various Boogie edits and his Chinoiseries collections (made with Chinese music samples found while traveling Asia).
His talent for delivering emotive, soulful hip-hop that really hits the spot is demonstrated through his multitude of releases since 2006. Hailing from Paris, Arnaud has produced six albums and even more EPs. Through his various releases, Onra takes influences from a hugely eclectic range of sounds, from Jazz through to Funk and RnB; carefully and respectfully using these styles to craft a unique and refreshing take on traditional Hip-Hop. Onra has two albums planned for 2017, Chinoiseries pt. 3, the last episode of the cult Trilogy, as well as a few other projects more in his beloved retro Funk-R'n'B vibe.
Onra’s style is both transcontinental and nostalgic. Despite a French upbringing, his music is heavily colored by 80s/90s-era American hip-hop, like some crafty incantation of what many believe to be the Golden Age of the genre. Core principles at work here are eclectic vocal/instrumental samples, guest rappers and silky R&B lines amidst an overarching beat tape aesthetic and sounds derived from exotic cultures. If you’re familiar with the genre, it’s hard to hear Onra and not think of the oft-cited and legendary beat making titan, J Dilla. As always, such a comparison is high praise.
This one is particularly for the hip-hop heads out there, but more widely for anyone that appreciates bouncing to a well-crafted beat. Come vibe with Onra as he sets up shop at M64 this Feb, and as always, come unprotected!'