Boomkat Product Review:
Alan Abrahams a.k.a. Bodycode drops a hip to hop and shuffle up his 6th, eponymous album as Portable, tending to his South African dance and European pop roots thru a prism of deepest house, folk and modern classical styles.
Betraying nearly 20 years of production knowledge under the hood, Alan Abrahams is a sublime, decadently layered LP exhibiting all aspects of Portable’s worldly, idiosyncratic take on house music; encompassing his signature baritone, a knack for layered, emotive arrangements, and a unique palette of hustling percussion which both sets him way apart and deeply within his scene.
The general, melancholic feel and slow tempo of Alan Abrahams certainly lends itself more to immersed home listening than club play, but its the way in which he bridges those gaps, or even ignore them altogether which is core to the album’s appeal, particularly those pop-poised pieces such as Closer and the wickedly woozy dip of Séraphin which have instantly caught our attention.
But, if you need pure house grooves, reach straight for the Kaito-kinked momentum of Say It’s Going To Change and the breezy tangle of More Than, and then check for the more expressive, atmospheric pieces such as The Loneliness of the Long Distance Drinker or Closer for some his most personal songwriting.