Review: Earlier in the year, Adrian Van Der Velde and Onra delivered the first fruits of their studio collaboration as OXP, an album of early 90's R&B, new jack swing and G-funk inspired songs entitled 'Swing Convention'. It was an inspired set, though its vocal-heavy nature resulted in a demand from some DJs for an accompanying set of instrumental versions. Happily, we can report that they've listened to feedback and duly delivered a partner album that showcases their own impeccable beats and backing tracks. Heavily indebted to the likes of Jam & Lewis, Teddy Riley, Daz Dillinger and Dr Dre, their beats are smooth, deep, synth-heavy, soulful and supremely sexy.
Review: Parisian beastsmith Onra teams up with Belgium's Pomrad, a composer and instrumentalist, and together they take us right back to the golden 90s era of golden West Coast hip-hop. This new vinyl only single 'California' ft Mr Getto Jam is a real low riding head nodder. That famous Californian heat really runs through the tune with its lazy chords and slow motion rhyme flow sinking you into a stoned reverie. The instrumental is even more peeled back for extra heady vibes. Put this one on and transport yourself to another world, and we sure could all do with a bit of that right now.