By Lizelle Jackson | September 10, 2008
Alright! So for my first day back on the job, I thought I’d start off with something nice and easy. Since I’m a sucker for instrumentals it wasn’t hard for me to fall in love with the beats of Onra. Being hailed as the heir to fellow Parisian, DJ CAM (whom I love!), Onra’s beats are comprised of all the norms utilized by most instrumentalists of our time, great soul and hip-hop. However what sets him aside form others is his use of some less familiar material, specifically the vinyl that he picked up on a trip to Vietnam (where his grandparents are from). It is this mixture of old traditional Chinese music that makes for a very interesting listen. His song “The Anthem” from the album Chinoiseries even inspired the song used in a Coke commercial for the Olympics in Beijing. I also posted 3 tracks for your enjoyment. The first, “Ready” is from a collaboration album with Quetzal entitled Tribute and was a hip-hop tribute to soul music form the 60′s and 70′s. Second, “Introduction” is form the album Chinoiseries, and which features the traditional Chinese music mentioned before. Plus I hear a little of Dilla/Slum Village sample in there, can’t go wrong with that. Last but not least is “Blueberry Weed” which comes from the The Big Payback, another collaboration with an artist named Byron the Aquarius (also worth checking out).