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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.

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this dude def has an ear for beats! i put him up there with J Dilla & Madlib! GREAT WORK!

Like Madlib with dousing of hoisin sauce! 挺好!!

The first installment Onra dropped, I enjoyed very much. The anthem had Cambodian & Viet heads down in South Philly nodding hard & this a welcome return to that boom bap Lo Fu Mo Shi flavor. Onra doesn't disappoint.

If Bruce Lee was alive today, this would be his workout music.



Born: Paris, France

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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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