Portable

Real Name:
Alan Abrahams
Profile:
Portable is Alan Abrahams, a South African born artist and producer who is also a celebrated live act.
Portable grew out of the ruins of the post-apartheid era of South Africa, being part of the generation that was to bring about the freedom of Nelson Mandela and all that followed for his country. He later moved to London to establish his electronic music career. In London, Abrahams began recording as Portable, the experimental, atmospheric project that acts a living link between the indigenous African sounds of his youth, and those first records whose futuristic aesthetic broadened his horizons. He founded the record label Süd Electronic with partner Lerato Khati and released a string of seminal and highly regarded releases. A succession of full-length albums followed, namely 'Cycling' and 'Futuristic Experiments #005' on German label Background Records and 'Version' on ~scape records. After 10 years in the London bustle, he decided to switch gears and moved to Lisbon, Portugal. His album ‘Powers of Ten' for his Süd Electronic imprint followed in 2007. A rich and expansive record, 'Powers of Ten' further explored his African heritage through a new lexicon of sonic influences. Lisbon was his base for 5 years. Here he launched his alter ego project [Invalid Artist] for Detroit label Ghostly International / Spectral Sound. He went on to release 2 albums, 'The conservation of electric charge' and 'Immune' under this moniker to huge critical acclaim. The next capital city would be Berlin, 6 years in this music capital cemented his deeply syncopated brand of electronic dance music. Portable’s music reached a new level of exposure when the 2014 track 'Surrender' received a “Best New Track” designation from Pitchfork, and appeared in a re-edited form on DJ Koze’s critically acclaimed DJ-Kicks mix (named the #1 mix of 2015 by Resident Advisor). And the video to which was named 2nd Best Video by Inverted Audio. This gave birth to further video experiments which Portable began to use for his many live performances Portable signed to !K7 Records, and released his sixth full-length artist album through the label in August 2016. The 11 track affair is his most personal yet, and as such is a self-titled work that features plenty of his own vocal work, as well as some choice collaborations.
Alan is now resident in Paris, France.
There he has setup he’s own imprint Khoi Khoi on which he’s last album ‘Transit of Mercury’ was released, this to critical acclaim and amongst Pitchforks best albums for Winter 2020.
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Albums

BG026 CD Portable - Futuristic Experiments #005 album art Portable Futuristic Experiments #005 (Album) Background BG026 CD Germany 2002 Sell This Version
SÜD-001R Portable More Things Change(CDr) Süd Electronic SÜD-001R UK 2002 Sell This Version
BG 037 Portable - Cycling album art Portable Cycling (Album) Background BG 037 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
sc29cd Portable - Version album art Portable Version (Album) ~scape sc29cd Germany 2005 Sell This Version
SÜD-011 Portable - Powers Of Ten album art Portable Powers Of Ten (Album) Süd Electronic SÜD-011 UK 2007 Sell This Version
PERL88 Portable - Into Infinity album art Portable Into Infinity (Album) Perlon PERL88 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
K7334CD Portable - Alan Abrahams album art Portable Alan Abrahams (Album) !K7 Records K7334CD 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TEXT 07 Portable - Patterns And Signals album art Portable Patterns And Signals context TEXT 07 US 2001 Sell This Version
SÜD-001 Portable - Gridshift album art Portable Gridshift(12") Süd Electronic SÜD-001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
KARAT 10 Portable - Distance album art Portable Distance Karat Records KARAT 10 France 2003 Sell This Version
BG032 Portable - One Second Ago Or Less EP album art Portable One Second Ago Or Less EP(12", EP) Background BG032 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
BG041 Portable - Flicker EP album art Portable Flicker EP(12", EP) Background BG041 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
SÜD-005 Portable - It From Bit album art Portable It From Bit(12") Süd Electronic SÜD-005 UK 2005 Sell This Version
sc33 Portable - The San album art Portable The San(12") ~scape sc33 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
SÜD010 Portable - Don't Give Up (Remixes) album art Portable Don't Give Up (Remixes) Süd Electronic SÜD010 UK 2007 Sell This Version
SÜD009 Portable - Speak Out album art Portable Speak Out Süd Electronic SÜD009 UK 2007 Sell This Version
yore-006 Portable - A Document Of An American Past album art Bodycode aka Portable Bodycode aka Portable - A Document Of An American Past(12") Yore Records yore-006 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
PERL 70 Portable - Knowone Can Take Away album art Portable Knowone Can Take Away Perlon PERL 70 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
MK 28 Portable - The Emerald Life album art Portable The Emerald Life(12") Musik Krause MK 28 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
PERL83 Portable - This Life Of Illusion album art Portable This Life Of Illusion Perlon PERL83 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
KARAT 42 Portable - Let's Go EP album art Portable Let's Go EP(12", EP) Karat Records KARAT 42 France 2011 Sell This Version
PERL93 Portable - A Deeper Love album art Portable A Deeper Love Perlon PERL93 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
playrjc 021 Portable - A Process album art Portable A Process Live At Robert Johnson playrjc 021 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
SÜD-013 Portable - Albatross (Remixes) album art Portable Albatross (Remixes)(12") Süd Electronic SÜD-013 UK 2013 Sell This Version
PERL102 Portable - Sportable album art Portable Sportable Perlon PERL102 Germany 2014 Sell This Version

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LoupNeige

LoupNeige

July 4, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
Alan Abrahams just signed one of the most interesting aesthetics within the electronic scene during the 2000s. A true signature where ancient, spiritual and deeply rooted rhythms meet forward-thinking, futuristic and microscopic design. The result is so unique... Each track is like an echo from our origins mixed with a vision of what the future has in store for us. The whole Portable's atmosphere is made of strange technologies, temporal distortions, and electricity meeting chlorophyll. Does the bass come from the heart of earth or from a big and cold machine? Do the little clicky percs come from a network of tree branches or from some computer gymnastics? We don't know, the border is too thin, and that's where Portable's genius is.

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