Artist : Onra
Album : Long Distance
Year : 2010
Genre : Hip-Hop
Quality : LAME 3.97 -V2 --vbr-new (170kbps) / 44.1kHz / Joint Stereo
Date : 29-06-2010
Playtime : 59:31 min
Size : 21 Track(s): 71.87MB
Source : CD (LP)
Cat.Num : ACO1
Label : All City Dublin
01. Intro 1:00
02. My Comet 3:00
03. My Mind Is Gone feat. Olivier Daysoul 3:15
04. Rock On 1:34
05. Sitting Back 3:21
06. High Hopes feat. Reggie B 4:19
07. Girl 2:11
08. Send Me Your Love 2:41
09. WeeOut feat. Buddy Sativa 3:45
10. Moving 2:33
11. Mechanical 4:42
12. Don't Stop 2:43
13. The One feat. T3 from Slum Village 3:22
14. Oper8tor 1:57
15. Long Distance feat. Olivier Daysoul 5:03
16. Tape This 2:07
17. To The Beat feat. Walter Mecca 2:32
18. Wonderland 2:59
19. Jeeps 1:46
20. L.I.A.B. 2:50
21. Cherry (Outro) 1:51
If Dublin isn't somewhere that springs to mind when someone asks where to find
the freshest contemporary hip-hop, perhaps it's about time All City starts
getting noticed as the European stable for slickly off-kilter beatsmiths.
Counting Flying Lotus, Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke amongst recent alumni, the
label now turn to Onra to deliver their first full-length offering. Long
Distance is the latest excursion from the enigmatic Parisian. On 2007's
charmingly overlooked full-length, Chinoiseries, he focused his attentions on
Vietnamese pop vinyl. This time around, he takes on a wholly different starting
point: '90s hip-hop and '80s electro.
The Miami Vice-style cover evokes the technical wonder associated with the
digital dawn of the '80s, a decade whose slink and upfront romance have recently
been reimagined for the dance floor by the likes of Alexander Nut, Dam-Funk and
Funkineven. Like those names, Onra's chrome soul is well-oiled enough to embrace
plenty of today's technical fetishes tooùnot least the chunked-out bass and
percussive whack of contemporary dubstep on show in "Mecca." What sounds on
paper like an impossible mesh of styles is held together by an overarching
hip-hop sensibility true to his earlier material. "WeeOut"'s latter half
synthetic wibbles are anchored to a subterranean Rustie-esque bassweight.
Elsewhere, "My Mind Is Gone" nestles epic guitar wailing within throbbing,
low-slung glitch, forging a connection somewhere between Prefuse 73 and Prince.
Reggie B saunters up for vocal duties on the harmonised drama of "High Hopes,"
turning on a bizarre, '90s boy band insecurity with lines such as "I know you
seen me standin there / Tryina catch your eye / Watchin you for quite some time
/ But you think I'm an average guy." Following up these moments with cheap
mating calls like "don't wanna come regular, wanna show you a whole new thang"
might be unashamedly tacky, but that's the point. Like the most successful
schmucks at the disco, Reggie has his tongue loosely embedded in his cheek, and
it's exactly what saves him from getting slapped. The result is bizarre,
satisfyingly nostalgic and outmoded romantic tact, something the most
sophisticated R&B lover will testify works as well today as it did under the
roller-disco glitterballs of the '80s.
Indeed, most of Long Distance seems to be concerned with loss and the vain
search for monogamous love. Slum Village's T3 is on the lookout for the One in,
um, "The One." Oliver Daysoul's performance on the title track drips with enough
Vandross-esque pathos to lay out a genuine sense of hopeless devotion to his
lucky lady. But thanks to some subtle production skills and careful attention to
detail, Onra is able to tease out the smallest hint of irony from the album's
most romantic moments. Sliding a slight warp over Daysoul's slick croon, we're
asked to remember that we are, after all, stiff-lipped modern listeners who
shouldn't be weakened by such cheesy sap. Or should we?
Long Distance's source materials are woven together convincingly, but as a
complete package the barrage can get a bit distracting, at times turning up
misfires like the dull electro pulse of "Mechanical." Though "Girl" and "Tape
This" casually step on the toes of Flying Lotus and the recent Thriller series,
they do little more than give a nod to their triumphs and never commit too much
to making a proper challenge to each respective crown. But given Onra's
undeniable charm, these problems are easily forgiven. Long Distance's finest
achievements are entirely successful attempts at slopping a bit of greasy love
and boogie onto our dance floors. And let's face itùwe've all been secretly
missing those lost moments smooching under the disco lights.
I wait that cd since months... He finally come today.. Happy day to me.