“How can you say you’d live without me?,” intones Lerato, the thick-voiced female speaker at the center of Alan Abraham’s new single under his Bodycode moniker, “What Did You Say”. As the voice gradually distends and mutates into unrecognizable curliques, Lerato’s final refrain of “our minds and bodies… are all one” floats off into the middle distance—it’s a declaration of sorts, an announcement that the Berlin-based Bodycode has pulled back the whirlwind clicks ‘n cuts of 2006’s The Conservation of Electric Charge to reveal the tight, jacking rhythms and romantic dancefloor universalism of his second full-length, Immune.
While “What Did You Say”’s multi-layered hi-hats and bassline/kick-drum hopscotch signal Bodycode’s newly uncluttered aesthetic, B-side “Imitation Dub” (an exclusive dub version of the Immune album cut “Imitation Lover”) deepens the scope with a watery, ever-ascending organ line and a swarm of microscopic percussion pin pricks. On Baby Ford’s remix of “What Did You Say”, the legendary UK acid-house pioneer drags the tempo down to a crawl and beefs up the bass, giving the track the distant, slo-mo feel of walking underwater.
Alan Abrahams has been in motion his whole life—growing up in South Africa, coming of age in London, decamping to Lisbon, and finally settling in Berlin—and his deeply syncopated brand...check out Bodycode's page and other releases