Real Name:
Alan Abrahams
Alan Abrahams, the man behind Portable, emerged out of the ruins of a post apartheid South Africa.
Growing up in an impoverished Cape Town township,tagged “Beverly Hills” by the locals, Abrahams was always immersed in his sisters ritual of getting ready for a night out to a soundtrack of 80’s soul, hi life and hip hop.
Inspired by the first batch of Chicago house records, the foundations were laid for his future in music. Experimenting with ways of combining traditional African rhythms with the 4/4 sound of house,Abrahams completed various projects in South Africa. Most of which gave a commentary to the political turmoil of the country at the time. Abrahams inevitably became frustrated by the geographic isolation of the country and relocated to London in 1997. In the UK Abrahams went on to complete various releases for internationally recognised labels such as Context and Background Records before starting up his own label, Süd Electronic in 2002.

Portable Discography Tracks


Portable Futuristic Experiments #005 (Album) Background Germany 2002 Sell This Version
SÜD-001R Portable More Things Change(CDr) Süd Electronic SÜD-001R UK 2002 Sell This Version
Portable Cycling (Album) Background Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Portable Version (Album) ~scape Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Portable Powers Of Ten (Album) Süd Electronic UK 2007 Sell This Version
Portable Into Infinity (Album) Perlon Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Portable Alan Abrahams (Album) Studio !K7 Germany 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Portable Patterns And Signals context US 2001 Sell This Version
SÜD-001 Portable Gridshift(12") Süd Electronic SÜD-001 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Portable Distance Karat Records France 2003 Sell This Version
BG032 Portable One Second Ago Or Less EP(12", EP) Background BG032 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
BG041 Portable Flicker EP(12", EP) Background BG041 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
SÜD-005 Portable It From Bit(12") Süd Electronic SÜD-005 UK 2005 Sell This Version
sc33 Portable The San(12") ~scape sc33 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
SÜD009 Portable Speak Out(12") Süd Electronic SÜD009 UK 2007 Sell This Version
yore-006 Bodycode aka Portable Bodycode aka Portable - A Document Of An American Past(12") Yore Records yore-006 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
SÜD010 Portable Don't Give Up (Remixes)(12") Süd Electronic SÜD010 UK 2007 Sell This Version
Portable Knowone Can Take Away Perlon Germany 2008 Sell This Version
MK 28 Portable The Emerald Life(12") Musik Krause MK 28 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
Portable This Life Of Illusion Perlon Germany 2010 Sell This Version
KARAT 42 Portable Let's Go EP(12", EP) Karat Records KARAT 42 France 2011 Sell This Version
PERL93 Portable A Deeper Love (Soul Capsule Ghetto Mix)(12") Perlon PERL93 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
playrjc 021 Portable A Process(12") Live At Robert Johnson playrjc 021 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
SÜD-013 Portable Albatross (Remixes)(12") Süd Electronic SÜD-013 UK 2013 Sell This Version
playrjc 034 Portable Surrender(12") Live At Robert Johnson playrjc 034 Germany 2014 Sell This Version


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July 4, 2017
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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 the Portable's genius is.

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