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Chinoiseries

Onra

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Parisian beat-wizard Onra follows up 2007’s amazing Chinoiseries with its much-anticipated sequel, Chinoiseries, Pt. 2. In 2006 Onra visited his grandparents' Vietnamese hometown and brought back more than 30 vintage Chinese and Vietnamese records, which he sampled for both projects. (“Anthem” from the first Chinoiseries was even used in a Coca-Cola commercial for the Beijing Olympics.) “The Arrival” introduces the second chapter with a hint of scratchy psychedelic Asian vinyl, before heavy beats and turntable manipulation kick-start the funk machine while retaining the pops, hiss, and crackle of those old records. “A New Dynasty” follows, looping customary Vietnamese instrumentation over throbbing rhythms before “It’s All Memories” works in some gong, cymbals, and the beautifully weeping tones of traditional stringed instruments. The standout cut “They Got Breaks Too” makes good on its title's promise: Onra found a vintage Vietnamese breakbeat in one of these vintage records and lets it bolster his instrumental hip-hop.

Customer Reviews

Wow! How Much?

Stumbled onto this when checking out the new releases in the itunes store, when I saw the price and how many tracks I had to investigate and I'm delighted I did! Similar to the breakbeat albums Madlib does, the 32 (yes really!) tracks, although short are lovingly put together using lots of old vietnamese pop records. Yes I does sound like an odd idea and perhaps not to everyones tastes, but award for 'freshest record of 2008' will no doubt go to this little gem. Different it most certainly is!

A bargain for something unique.

32 songs here, albeit small, is quite a bargain for the album price. The songs themselves are quite different, perhaps background music as you were cooking - yet I can't help but feel lovingly cultured as I listen to "Last Tango in Saigon". If you're looking for music that will leave you awe-struck and riddeled with goosebumps, then this certainly isn't for you; but for those who appreciate casual chill-out tunes, then I recommend this highly.

Original Instrumental Beats

Chinoiseries is an extremely well orchestrated album. The music is clever and intelligently formed through the use of vietnamese samples the result of which is a collage of colourful relaxing stoned textures which are a pleasure to listen to. The album is chocked full of wonderful tracks, which although often painfully short, form part of a 32 track album; so you have more than enough of Onra to listen to. Despite the length of the tracks, the record flows well and manages to lull you into a blissful chill. For me the music is for lazy summer weekends but it could well translate with other moods such is the delicacy and beauty of the music. Check out 'Boundless Boundaries', 'Relax in Mui Ne', 'I Wanna Go Back' and 'The Vallee of Love' for an idea of what to expect from the record.

Biography

Born: Paris, France

Genre: Electronic

Years Active:

With an eclectic arsenal of samples and an ear for international sounds, Onra (born Arnaud Bernard) is a beatmaker based out of Paris, France. Reminiscent of crate-diggers like Madlib and DJ Shadow, Onra peppers his beats with exotic sounds from Vietnam and India, giving his sound an international flair. The French producer released his debut album, Tribute, in 2006 on Bo Bun Records, then followed up the next year with the critically acclaimed Chinoiseries, which was released on both Favorite Recordings...
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