Big thanks to all who came and partied with us and the Hypercolour boys last week. Another absolute smasher! Amazing tunes, wicked people, proper party!
Looking ahead to our November session at The Russian we have a booked a true master who needs no introductions, and I must say that I'm incredibly excited - we are extremely lucky to be hosting one of the most gifted, intelligent house and techno producers in the world right now. Having just released possibly one of the best records of 2010 'This Life Of Illusion' as Portable, on Perlon, from Lisbon to London for a rare live set we have..
BODYCODE - Live (Spectral Sound/Perlon)
Alan Abrahams, AKA Portable, AKA Bodycode has been in motion his whole life—growing up in South Africa, coming of age in London, decamping to Berlin and finally settling in Lisbon—and his deeply syncopated brand of electronic dance music has evolved with every step of the journey.
His formative years were spent in an impoverished Cape Town township ironically tagged “Beverly Hills”, and to the backbeat of the first wave of Chicago house records he emerged out of the ruins of a post-apartheid South Africa. Inspired musically, yet frustrated geographically, he relocated to London in 1997.
In London, Abrahams began recording as Portable, the experimental, atmospheric project that acts a living link between the indigenous sounds of his youth, and those first records whose futuristic aesthetic broadened his horizons. He founded the Süd Electronic label with his partner Lerato and released a string of 12" releases. A succession of full-length albums followed - Cycling and Futuristic Experiments #005 on Background, Version on ~scape records, and the Powers of Ten for Süd Electronic in 2007. A rich and expansive record, Powers of Ten further explored his African heritage through a new lexicon of sonic influences, acquired from his home base in Portugal.
Upon moving to Lisbon, Abrahams conceived of Bodycode, a more dancefloor-centric project that complements Portable’s headier textures with a more body-moving aesthetic. As Bodycode, Abrahams harnesses his desire to “unlock the psyche via the body,” layering tech-funk with wisps of melody, heady effects, and a liberal wash of otherworldly vocal samples. Somewhere between the beats for the body and melody for the soul, Abrahams believes, lies the Bodycode. The result was Bodycode’s first full-length, The Conservation of Electric Charge, a whirlwind of percussive, multi-layered techno released on Spectral Sound in 2006. After a three-year absence, Abrahams resurrected the moniker for second Spectral full-length, 2009’s Immune, an intricately textured album of vocal-laced house. “I just felt it a good time for a warm, nurturing aesthetic,” says Abrahams of Bodycode’s shift in tone, “We need that right now.”
With forthcoming 12" releases for Perlon, Karat, and Naif, and with Portable's long-awaited full-length follow up slated for early next year, 2010 and 2011 will continue to witness Alan Abrahams exploring the experimental outer reaches and the innermost dancefloor sensibilities of both Portable, and Bodycode. We can't wait, come join us on the 12th. This will be massive.
ARCHIE HAMILTON & ALEXANDER KAAS (Moscow Records)
Taking care of proceedings in the basement will be Moscow Records heads Alex and Archie. Having totally smashed it at our May party with a killer b2b set we are extremely excited to have the duo back at Make Me. Moscow Records was founded in December 2009. An eastern frontier for pushing alternative sounds, the imprint provides a platform for the best-sourced international talent to flourish releasing music on exclusive limited-edition vinyl and in the digital realm. 2010 has seen a solid flow of quality releases from the imprint, getting props from all the right places. Likewise both Alex and Archie have had a busy year both Djing up and down the country with sets at Secret Garden Party and Gotwood as well as in the studio with releases on Moscow, Groove on and Uberbeat.
RUPES, RUBIN, NIC BAIRD (Make Me Residents)
Support from Make Me residents, as always providing the slickness, the deepness, the badness and the sickness.
We will also be boosting the sound in The Russian for this event.
See you down the front!