The Mole

“As High As The Sky”

WAG038CD scanZoom inLabelWagon Repair
Cat. No.WAG038CD
FormatEXCL1CDB
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Review

After years of encouragement The Mole has finally caved in and recorded his debut album. A Wagon Repair veteran of numerous singles and member of The Modern Deep Left Quartet with his comrades from Cobblestone Jazz, Colin De La Plante has established a strong reputation for his jubilant house and humble attitude. Originating from the West Coast of Canada, The Mole moved to the French-Canadian capital as resident at Laika bar for 7 years, during which time he made numerous appearances at Montreal’s burgeoning Mutek festival. He’s released on Itiswhatitis, collaborated with Paddy from Cobblestone as the ‘Smokin Posties’, created a 5 turntable experimental techno project referred to mysteriously as the ‘Starchy Root Machine’ and is currently planning to start a 7 inch label of disco edits with fellow Canadian Koosh. Opening with a bouncy intro, ‘Still In My Corner’ begins with deceptively dark melodic tones and a funked up bass plunge before growing into a mid pace house treat. ‘Aint The Way It Supposed To Be’ leads with sustained pads, infectious latin percussion and cinematic string samples, climbing to close with a bass heavy disco drive. ‘Alice You Need Him’ builds around looped dripping melodies, taking things deep with shimmering soundscapes and modulated synth. ‘Hey Girl (I Feel So Good)’ is an anthemic house number, building on sampled ride riffs and prodding synth to the sound of an excitable audience. An edit of recent Wagon Repair single ‘Baby, You’re The One’ follows, with stabbed key melodies, deep reverberated percussion and looped soulful vocals creating a deep house sweat fest. The wobbled melodies of ‘Gracias A Los Ninos’ plunge us deeper, with pulsing submarine style pads offering a brief breather. Equally chilled, ‘Like The Way’ builds slowly around an eccentric drum pattern and mantric vocal sample, before ‘Smiling and Running’ gathers pace with funk percussion, deep pulsed synth tone and panned bass rhythms. ‘Knock Twice’ sticks to the funk them

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Groove Mag (GER): “(Wagon Repair/Word And Sound) VÖ. 26. Mai Nach einigen viel beachteten Tracks wie „In My Song“ und aktuell „Baby, You’re The One“ wagt sich Colin de la Plante an sein erstes Album. Bei seiner Homebase Wagon Repair ist der Kanadier für seine ganz eigene Interpretation von House bekannt, gehört er doch zu den wenigen, die es schaffen, Disco-Edits und Minimaltechno unter einen Hut zu kriegen und daraus mitreißende Housetracks zu produzieren. Es scheint, als würde The Mole seine Edit-Vorliebe demnächst auf ein 7-Inch-Label mit dem Arbeitstitel „Sticky Fingers“ verlagern. Dennoch finden sich auch auf As High As The Sky schmutzige, discoide Cut-up-Tracks wie „Hey Girl (I Feel So Good)“ und „Knock Twice“ neben eindeutig technoideren Stücken wie „Alice, You Need Him“, dem kühlen „Like The Way“ und dem bereits erwähnten „Baby, You’re The One“. Ein perkussives Monster, an dem auch Jeff Mills seine Freude hätte. In „Ain’t The Way It’s Supposed To Be“ arbeitet The Mole zunächst mit angezogener Handbremse, bis eine verzerrte Bassline letztlich dann doch für den nötigen Schub sorgt. Mein Favorit, neben den beiden Beatdown-Stücken, die das Album umrahmen. Wobei insbesondere das verträumte „When It Tastes So Good You Deserve It“ herausragt. Sehr nette, aber nicht unwesentliche Kleinigkeit: Die Stücke sind miteinander verzahnt, meist sind es kurze sphärische Übergänge, welche die Tracks miteinander verbinden. Schönes Album. Cdb ”

Mr C (The End/London): “Lots of good tracks here that work well when used at the right time. ”

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