Portable - Albatros by Portable AKA Bodycode published on 2010/09/01 21:22:37 +0000 From the album Powers of Ten Süd Electronic 2007 After well-received albums on Background Records and Scape as Portable, and a 2006 long-player as Body Code on Ghostly International’s affiliated label, Spectral Sound; Alan Abrahams returns to his Portable guise for a brand new album on his very own Süd Electronic imprint. It’s fitting that on his home label he’s let his imagination run wild, producing his most expansive and musically-rich album to date. The sublime ‘Powers Of Ten’ is the album that Abrahams has always wanted to make, and sees him rise to the challenge in fine style. On ‘Powers Of Ten’, Abrahams further explores his African heritage and absorbs new influences from Portugal, his current country of residence. This is partly achieved through collaboration – a thread which runs through the album. On ‘Arrabida’, he works with classical Portuguese guitarist ‘Mario Mpex’, on ‘Shifting Sunlight’ with Tor from the brilliant Portuguese guitar duo, Dead Combo, and he is also reunited with long-time collaborator Leo Fernandes, the London-based bass player, on ‘Kuiper Belt’. Abrahams further explores his vocal capabilities on the album, a talent which was demonstrated impressively on the ‘Take Action’ EP at the start of 2007, also on Süd Electronic. ‘Powers Of Ten’ perfectly illustrates the dualistic nature of Abrahams' work, working comfortably in a home-listening context but also convincingly on the dancefloor. The latter quality is especially evident on opener ‘Albatross’, with its infectious vocal; on the Detroit-influenced Afro-joint, ‘Locate’; the more overtly techy ‘Offline Mondays’ and the electrified ‘Trade Winds’. There is a vast range of influences on display in ‘Powers Of Ten’, but surely one of Abrahams’ greatest gifts is his ability to assimilate these influences, creating a coherent, never clichéd piece of modern electronic music, inimitably his own.