Onuinu, Dorian Duvall's expansive electronica project, has seen a number of changes over the past year. First going by DeauBird, and then by Tropics, Dorian's transformation into Onuinu isn't just a result of searching for a better alias for his music– it reflects his development as an artist in a genre that, for him, is largely uncharted territory. My style has changed due to me becoming more comfortable and familiar with my equipment, and by listening to different artists. Onuinu is more focused, but the music will always change, he explains. I bought a sampler awhile back- that was my first piece of electronic gear. I was playing in a band at the time I was getting into electronic music. I got bored with guitar songwriting and needed something new, and the sampler opened my eyes. Recently, we had the chance to shoot a session with Dorian on a sleepy Monday afternoon in his SE Portland apartment, capturing an intimate view of the living space where he crafts his moody, atmospheric productions. For â€œA Step In That Directionâ€ Dorian provides muted vocal melodies, and then layers them on top of subdued hip-hop beats and future-funk, a sound that evokes prolific beatmaker J-Dilla and the chilled-out adaptations of his style that have followed. With only a handful of songs released on local label Apes Tapes, it's no surprise that Dorian's music has already made a stir in Portland's budding electronic music community. Look for a release in February, followed by a full-length cassette later this year.moreless
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