Araabmuzik is the alias of hip-hop producer Abraham Orellana. Earlier this year (July, to be exact) Araab released Electronic Dream, which is a drastic change in form from the hardcore rap beats Orellana had been producing for acts like Cam’ron and Busta Rhymes. Electronic Dream showcases the versatility of this up-and-coming producer, and highlights a fascination with club and house music that is absent from his previous work. Here we get a glimpse into the mind of a producer who isn’t content in the confines of hardcore rap, and Electronic Dream shows Orellana spreading his wings and twiddling knobs in a way that few expected. I grabbed this album when it dropped in July, but slept on it until recently and I have been kicking myself for not blasting this banger all summer. The album comes off a bit on the cheesy side at first, but it will quickly burrow its way into your brain and have you begging for repeat listens.
Recommended if you like: Star Slinger, ASAP Rocky, Clams Casino, Balam Acab, or Shabazz Palaces.
Onra is a French producer living in Paris. Over the past few years Onra has had his hand in a variety of projects including collaborations with fellow Parisian producer Quetzal and an American keyboard player who plays under the name Byron The Aquarius. More recently, Onra has been churning out spazzy instrumentals heavily influenced by early funk and disco. Onra is a relatively new artist for me and his back catalog is pretty extensive and obscure (so of course I’m all over it), but what I’ve heard I really dig. Check him out, there’s bound to be something you can get down with.
Recommended if you like: Samiyam, Star Slinger, Quetzal, or TOKiMONSTA