Nocturne 3
MUTEK 2013, montreal

Red Bull Music Academy Stage [SAT] Society for Arts and Technology 01/06/2013

Paris-based Onra’s allegiance lies with the more experimental contingent of hip hop beatmakers. A sampling savant, as demonstrated by the impressive two-part Chinoiseries project – a fusion of vintage Vietnamese and Chinese pop with hip hop – his sophisticated compositions rank way up there with those of J Dilla and Flying Lotus. The Red Bull Music Academy-schooled artist, born Arnaud Bernard, has shown an equally firm grasp of Southeast Asian influences, neon-soaked funk and a kind of heavy, fatty, growling bass. His latest EP, Deep in the Night (Fool’s Gold), flirts with early ‘80s electro-funk, as popularized by Afrika Bambaataa and Debbie Deb. With a sexy, late-night, languorous sound, the electrifying performer continues to explore the esoteric groove he first set out to capture on his acclaimed 2010 album, Long Distance. Onra belongs to a rare breed of polymorphous producers who channel multiple strands of inspiration, all the while refusing to comply to the music industry’s prevailing sonic precepts.

Video: Iregular


  • Chinoiseries
  • The Big Payback
  • Tribute EP
  • 1.0.8
  • My Comet / Shhhhhhh
  • Tribute EP II
  • Chinoiseries
  • Soulful Joints
  • Long Distance
  • Long Distance
  • The One
  • Chinoiseries Pt 2
  • Edits
  • Deep In The Night
  • Throw’Em Up
  • Electric Worldlife
  • Various Assets - Not For Sale: Red Bull Music Academy Barcelona 2008
  • Mystic Voyage
  • Mary Piffmas
  • The Moon-Rose

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