Portable is Alan Abrahams, a South African born artist and producer who is also a celebrated live
Portable grew out of the ruins of the post apartheid era of South Africa.He’s was the generation
that was to bring about the freedom of Nelson Mandela and all that followed for he’s country.
He later moved to London to establish he’s 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 he’s record label Süd Electronic with his 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 ,” Version “ on ~Scape records.
After 10 years in the London bustle he decided to switch gears and moved to Lisbon, Portugal.
He’s album Powers of Ten for he’s 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
Lisbon was he’s base for 5 years. Here he launched he’s alter ego project BODYCODE for Detroit
label Ghostlyinternational / Spectral. 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 re-
edited form on DJ Koze’s critically acclaimed DJ-Kicks mix (named the #1 mix of 2015 by R