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Boomkat Product Review:
Brilliantly odd instrumental hip hop, compiled and constructed around vintage Vietnamese pop records picked up in flea markets on a trip to the far east. At this point, $$$ second hand too.
32 short tracks make up "Chinoiseries" delivering a tight selection in teh style of J Dilla, Rza, Madlib, MF Doom and the Sublime Frequencies label rolled into one beautifully incoherent package. While the exotika, folk and plastic pop of the source material here could so easily have ended up sounding like the plunderphonic coffee table beats that typified so much instrumental hip hop in the late 90's, Onra manages to harness the mystifying magic of the original material and juxtapose it with a production style that's still nicely rough around the edges.
And that source material itself is bathed in ferric hiss, retaining unknown wonders; each of the tracks offers a quirky and mesmerising window into the far east of another era, taking us from the bittersweet serenading of "Last Tango In Saigon" to the stripped percussive echo of "Clap Clap" and the exotic funk edits of "Raw".