Globetrotting producer Onra (Arnaud Bernard) has staked his claim as one of the most exciting beat-makers of the past few years, thanks to releases like his 'Chinoseries' collections (made from scratch with samples found while traveling Asia) and the acclaimed 'Long Distance' LP. All the while, his electrifying live MPC performances around the world – everywhere from the Red Bull Music Academy in Bucharest and Giles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, to LA’s down-and-dirty bass sanctuary the Low End Theory – add new dimensions to the cosmic grooves Onra puts on tape.
The first album, released in 2006 and as a project inspired by Soul Music, was made in collaboration with producer and friend Quetzal (Al Quetz) and was called 'Tribute'. At the same time, he started collaborating with Byron the Aquarius, a keyboard player from Alabama, and released an album under the name Byron & Onra 'The Big Payback' in 2007 on Japanese label Circulations. They also appeared on compilations such as Beat Dimensions and New Worlds by Jay Scarlett.
In 2006, he went to Vietnam for the first time, and brought back over 30 Chinese and Vietnamese records from the 60's and 70's. He made a collection of 32 tracks with this unique material and named it, 'Chinoiseries', a ground-breaking album that blends Hip-Hop and Vietnamese Pop Music influences.
In 2008, he was selected to attend the Red Bull Music Academy.
In 2010, Onra released his latest LP 'Long Distance' on All City Records. Currently his most critically acclaimed album, it features tracks with Oliver DaySoul, fellow French beatmaker Walter Mecca, and T3 from Slum Village, soul singer Reggie B and keyboard player Buddy Sativa. It received press coverage from respected medias such as Pitchfork, which gave the album an outstanding 8.0/10, as well as Jay-Z's blog, Life And Times.
In 2011, Onra released a second volume to 'Chinoiseries', called 'Chinoiseries Pt.2' on All City Records, with Chinese Music Records found in China, Thailand and Vietnam.
In 2012, Onra released his newest EP 'Deep In The Night' on Fool's Gold Records. With it, Onra continues to chart new musical territory. The EP’s five tracks meld the snap of vintage Jheri curl R&B with squiggling disco synths and deeply funky, late-night vibes. From the New Jack swinging 'After Hours' (featuring T3 of Slum Village) to the moody, screwed loops of closer 'Hold Tight', 'Deep In The Night‘s cut-and-paste danceability proves a must-listen for any occasion. After all, it’s seemingly always after hours somewhere!
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