Portable ‎– Version

~scape ‎– sc 029
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~scape29cd, sc29cd Portable Version(CD, Album) ~scape, ~scape ~scape29cd, sc29cd Germany 2005 Sell This Version
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sc29cd Portable Version(CDr, Album, Promo) ~scape sc29cd Germany 2005 Sell This Version



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May 14, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

My favourite album from Portable.
Actually, I think Alan's music is particulary astonishing in a liveset format. His tracks are good to stand alone, but the maximum power of them is revealed when they are mixed during an hour to create the soundtrack to a tale, an adventure, an exploration.
That said, this album is the one I enjoy the most because it is, in my opinion, a perfect synthesis of Portable.
Portable's early debuts are very experimental, with repetitive micro-sounds, very lo-fi, "computerish" music but used as an acoustic instrument sometimes. Then, during the late 2000s, his music became infused with more house music, more vocals, let's say more "groove".
Version, released in 2005, is actually the early Portable sound executed with a fantastic wizardry. The green and computerish sounds at the same time are perfectly linked with some acoustic instruments, and with some beats which are more and more "groovy" without being house music yet. The result is that it is music without any tags. It's something new, unique, a signature.
"Version" is a perfect album for those who don't know Alan Abrahams and would like to listen to an album which represents a creative peak time for him. A gate between his early works and his recent ones, where the border between acoustic/numerical and sap/electricity is very thin. Tracks like "Typhoon" or "The Opened Book" (which are some of my favourites from Portable) will give you a prime example of this genius aesthetics.
A timeless piece.