Onra returns for his third and final offering from the Chinoiseries of beats fused with Chinese music from the ’60s and ’70s.
The album, Chinoiseries Pt.3, which is released on 10 March, comes almost 10 years since the producer introduced the first album of the series, Chinoiseries Pt.1.
With Chinoiseries Pt.3, Onra continues to take the listener on an atmospheric and nostalgic journey through his repertoire of Chinese music from the 1960s and 1970s – the collection’s all on vinyl so there’s hissing and crackling too – giving it a modern take with hip hop beats channelled throughout.
Chinoiseries Pt.3 sounds as original and as unique as the first album, as Onra delves further into his box of samples, drum loops, harmonies and melodies.
Autumn Moon Shining Over the Calm Lake is a smooth melody that waves in Onra’s hip hop production in a clever dance that is faintly reminiscent of DJ Krush’s earlier material. Tin-like sounding drum beats give rise to Oriental melodies, and finish off with organ dramatics.
Moonlit Street starts off on an almost Latin vibe before transcending into an intriguing blend of keys and downtempo beats. Taking the tempo up, The Spirit Blossoms All Over the Land breaks out into a psychedelic dancefloor groove.
In his reinterpretations of Chinese music, Onra brings the Chinoiseries to an epic finale. Speaking about the Chinoiseries Pt.3 album, Onra said: “I see the first Chinoiseries as a trip, inspired by my own first travel to Asia, each beat representing one particular moment of the journey, the second one, more like a soundtrack to a movie, each beat representing a different scene, and the third one, I tried to create a dark, smoky and mysterious cinematic atmosphere so you could create your own movie in your head.
“For this last episode, I just really wanted to have fun with this type of material for the very last time. I dug deeper than ever and I have tried to do as many different rhythm patterns as possible, from various influences like Hip-Hop (from different eras), to Bossa to Indian Music to Psych Rock, Soul, etc. and try to portray a different image of Chinese Music.”
Onra’s Chinoiseries Pt.3 is released on 10 March. It is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp
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