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MUTEK 14
01-05 JN
2013

International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music

Montréal
Québec Canada

Onra (FR)

Nocturne 3: May 31, 2013, 22:00 - 03:00 ○ Onra: 00:40 - 01:40


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.

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