Kai Alcé and Portable
Atlanta house don Kai Alcé and multifaceted South African producer Portable join our weekly rundown of new electronic music.
People rarely associate Atlanta with electronic music, but small currents of house and techno are always bubbling in the ATL. And when it comes to the city’s house music scene, no figure looms larger than Kai Alcé, a New York-born, Detroit-reared DJ and producer who initially got schooled at the Motor City’s infamous (and short-lived) Music Institute as a teenager. After relocating to Atlanta in the early 1990s, Alcé played a major role in forging ties between the city and house music’s northern power centers, founding a well-respected label of his own, NDATL, in the process. Given that RBMA Radio has set up shop in Atlanta this week, Kai Alcé was a natural choice to stop by First Floor and give host Shawn Reynaldo a rundown of the local dance music landscape, including the next edition of his long-running, annual House In the Park party. Also popping in is veteran South African producer Portable, whose long-awaited and highly personal new album, Alan Abrahams, is surfacing this week via the !K7 label.