ROCK OF ASIAN: Onra

February 23rd, 2011 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Reasons why French beatmaker Onra is my obsession:

  • SPEX (obvs)
  • Hot-ass variety beats
  • Lickable likeable French accent
  • Chinoiseries (rel. 2007), the widely-lauded, smooth-souled, crackly, interpretation of 30 old Chinese and Vietnamese vinyl albums he lugged home to Paris from a trip to Vietnam
  • Dead sexy, head to toe. Even his fingers are sexy. I want to [blank] them.
  • Latest full-length: Long Distance (rel. 2010), which can best be described fun, funky, funky, funky, flirty, fresh
  • Forthcoming Chinoiseries Pt. 2
  • Occasional beard
  • merveilleuse vie paresseuse
  • Given name: Arnaud (say it aloud, reverse it; you’ve got his stage name)
  • Half-Vietnamese, half-French, he is the human equivalent of my two favorite comestibles: cà phê sữa đá and bánh mì
  • Love of cigarettes, basketball, vinyl rekkids, computers, joints
  • Inclination and ability to sample and build albums with respect to the source material’s societal context, while avoiding the pitfalls of politicizing his tuneage. Always, the music remains deeply, easily individual. Howdoyoosay, “Onra tracks are like a travel diary, joining the artist in a lighthearted pursuit for cultural and personal identity?”

[MySpace: Onra]

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Thanks, Alex!

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5 Responses to “ROCK OF ASIAN: Onra”

  1. msmargie says:

    Thank you! Just checked him out on Grooveshark. Love “The Anthem.”

  2. BJThornton says:

    Love your blog, ladies, and this post finally made me register to reply. I will join you in being in love with this dude. I’ve been listening to his beats all day, and I haven’t heard anything that I don’t like yet. It’s like the soundtrack to my ideal dinner party/weekend in a big house with all of my coolest peeps. I’ve been stuck in the iTunes store, filling up on him. Thanks for this rec!

    Also, totally agreed on the dead sexy. I need to apply to be a personal assistant to his whole lip and chin area.

  3. Jen says:

    @BJThornton “I need to apply to be a personal assistant to his whole lip and chin area.”

    *dies*

  4. Diana says:

    @BJThornton

    *agrees*

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