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South Africa’s experimental deep house outlier Alan Abrahams aka Portable beautifully balances sultry vocals channelling Scott Walker over signature, swinging grooves
One of a kind, Abrahams’ work as Portable and Bodycode has been a low key but leading light for minimal house over the past 15 years. Now doing it for his Khoikhoi label - named after the pre-colonial tribes of South Africa where he grew up, and translating to “the first men” - ‘ The Transit of Mercury’ traces a richly involving narrative arc from the earthy but cosmic electronic hustle of ‘This Horizon’ to weave in subtle traces of raving ‘90s Kwaito on ‘Take My Heart’, passing thru the Fennesz-like (post-house?) textures of ‘You Hacked Me’, and blazing soul vocals in ‘It’s Been Long’, while makign room for slow/fast jazzy downstrokes in ‘One Earth’, and the Bullion-like pop-bop of ‘Said It All’, to arrive at proper deep house recalling his early aces in ‘Climb’, and the spoiled broken beats of ‘This Passing Moment’.