Onra

Onra is the stage name of Arnaud Bernard, a Paris-based DJ/producer works in the sample-heavy esoteric beat-world of instrumental hip hop. His latest album, Chinoiseries Pt. 2, is the second in a series of records that flips obscure Chinese and Southeast Asian vinyl finds into short and sweet beat studies. It's both an album in the fine touristic crate-digging tradition of Madlib's Beat Konducta in India and an exploration of Onra's own French/Vietnamese ancestry (and, taking it way out there, France's old colonial meddling in the Indochine region.) Live, you don't need to know where the samples came from or by what historical processes they got there, only that Onra knows how to chop 'em up. With MatthewDavid, WD4D, Justice & Treasure. ERIC GRANDY

Sat., Aug. 11, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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