Onra – L.O.V.E.


If you’ve worn out the grooves on your Zapp & Roger or Gap Band records, don’t fret, there is a cure.  L.O.V.E. gives a fresh take on that electro-R&B tip.  Or, you could call it 2nd generation future funk.  Either way, this song by any other genre label would sound as sweet.  L.O.V.E. is a stand out track featured on French producer Onra’s newest EP, Deep in the Night, available now on Fool’s Gold.  The E.P. is chock-full of shimmering, layered 80s-tinged compositions; a perfect soundtrack for late night big-city cruising.

He’s not only evolved the future funk sound, but his career as well.  It began with a stellar collaboration with fellow beat maker Al Quetz on Tribute, a collection of simply fused 60s/70s soul samples with original hip hop beats, released in 2006.  Shortly after he released his full-length debut, Long Distance, an album of electro-boogie vignettes.   Additionally, he’s displayed serious cultural range with Chinoiseries Volumes 1 & 2, where obscure Vietnamese/Chinese tunes elope with seductive, trip-hop flavor.  (Who knew those two genres could be such comfortable bedfellows?)

In L.O.V.E., the MPC-programmed layers move us forward by taking us back.  Back to the future funk of the 1980s.  The sweet sixteenth-note arpeggiation introduced in the beginning is carried through until the very end, enduring whipping snare hits to move the feet and sweet, high pitched melodies that sprinkle the soul.  Interspersed are exultant screams of pleasure that give the track real curb appeal.

Any questions?  L.O.V.E. is the answer.

Onra – L.O.V.E.