News

Download A Free Track From Portable

K7334_As For Me Last year, with his critically acclaimed track "Surrender" (which Pitchfork dubbed a 'Best New Track') appearing in re-edited form as a centerpiece for DJ Koze's DJ-Kicks mix, !K7 announced that Portable (a/k/a Alan Abrahams) would be the latest artist to sign to the label. Though he's recorded five albums, released singles & EPs on some of dance music's most respected labels, and maintained a successful label of his own, Portable remains a bit of an enigma. On his forthcoming project, we're given the opportunity to get to know the producer on a deeper level.

South African born and a celebrated live act, Portable emerged more than fifteen years ago with a sound that marries real electronic soul with deep moods and abstract grooves. He has released his minimal wares on cult labels like Perlon and Live At Robert Johnson, as well as his own Süd Electronic label. Always experimenting with rhythm and imbuing his music with a wide world of influences, his latest work is his most personal and cohesive to date.

With a full-length on the way later this year, Portable has offered the soothing and emotional vocal track 'As For Me' as a free download. Best experienced on headphones, the track is a window into Portable's headspace, and an indication of great things to come.

 

Stream An Exclusive DJ Koze Edit of Portable From DJ-Kicks

DJ_KOZE_1504__SunBrella_WEB_1280px_v2_cropped One of the distinct characteristics of DJ Koze's magnum DJ-Kicks mix is his proclivity for subtly tweaking the tracks he's selected. Nearly half of the songs on the mix appear in a custom edited or blended form, usually assembled after having asked the original artist for the track's component stems. In the case of the Portable track "Surrender," which appears toward the end of the mix, Koze blended his thoughtful, contemplative edit incorporating elements of the original, instrumental and acappella versions of the track.

The 50th entry in the series, Koze's DJ-Kicks is out on June 16th. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes, Amazon and the !K7 store.