Fundamentals by Onra is a sexy little beast. Dedicated to the smooth funk of 1990’s hip hop, the third LP from the Parisian producer exudes slippery cool. There’s a quintessential Frenchness about the commitment to lounge vibes, whilst the ultra-polished production showcases Onra’s underlying confidence. Out on CD from All City.
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 June 2015
“Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind”. It would be nice if that were true and we could spend the days wiping the car down and shooting to the mall to get a new pair of sneaks.
We may live in what is surely the least sunny place in the world but with Onra at the controls it’s summer all the year round. Onra has composed an album dedicated to the smooth funk of ‘90’s hip hop and the laid back slippery grooves and lounge vibes sure live up to that promise. The album is as smooth as the purr of a recently waxed Nissan and with a host of laid back guests at the mic it’s one of those non-challenging hip hop records that you can just put on while relaxing in the hot weather.
It’s the kind of hip hop pale indie guys like me love. Smooth as Michael McDonald’s beard, ‘So Long’ gives an indication of what’s to come with tuneful relaxed vibe and killer 90's radio ready melody. Despite the variety of voices on the mic the vibe remains the same- even MC Melodee wounds like she’s been lying in the sun all day. Musically it’s what you expect - smooth g funk grooves made to sound like they are spinning out of a transistor radio. There’s even a couple of skits for that full on retro-hop feel.
Warren G this goes out to you, man.
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