Canadian in Berlin Colin de la Plante drops his second album and, as expected, it's a quirky, diverse affair. There's the jazzy ambience of "Another Intro", while in contrast "Slow Blame" has a more electronic feeling, with dusty old synths prevailing. Despite these dalliances, de la Plante never strays too far away from his natural house habitat, and Caregiver has a range of off beat dance floor tracks. From the percussive "Jamais Que Toi" to the pulsing bass and catchy vocal refrain of "Our Time Has Come" and the tripped out, sinewy funk of "Hey Miss", The Mole's new album has something for everyone.
Canada's Colin De La Plante, otherwise known to us mere mortals as The Mole, has arguably been one of the leaders of the second generation of house and techno producers. More specifically, the artist has been involved in the scene since the very early 00s, and has helped to shape labels such as Kompakt, Philpot and Wagon Repair into the powerhouses that they are currently. What we've always loved about this man's music is the characteristic of rebirth and reinvention that seems to represent all his music; this latest EP for Circus Company, Little Sunshine, sees him flex his artistic wings under yet another blend of sounds and influences. The title tune itself is a largely genre-less dance track that sways gently between house and downtempo, guided by a warm, almost funky bassline; "Discotheque Airplane" shifts gears again, landing somewhere lo-fi, where dusty hip-hop beats meet lonesome sonic landscapes. Another surprise move sees him pair up with the equally talented and legendary Tom Trago in the masterfully dubby and contained deep house gem "Down The Hallway", remixed by Holland's Aardvarck into a more potent blend of tech sounds for the floor. Hot!
De La Planet is third studio album by Canadian house/disco joker The Mole. He's one that stays true to his ethos of getting weird, in the best possible sense. Tapping his enormous resource of vinyl and sampling the odd film has acted as a complement to the jaw-dropping arsenal of synthesizers at Colin de la Plante's disposal: a battery of machines he's been quietly improving his skills on during the past few years. It's a diverse effort which showcases the British Columbian's many musical influences: from the hypnotic techno of "Going With The Hat Man" sounding like his days with the The Modern Deep Left Quartet (with homeboys Mathew Jonson, Tyger Dhula and Danuel Tate) before they became Cobblestone Jazz. There's some energetic deep house on "One Sided Fool" while "He Frank" or "Sandwich Time Is Coming" pursue his love of all things lo-slung and disco influenced.
Pulling together the unreleased gems from Nick Hoppner's entry into the burgeoning Panorama Bar CD series, this digital accoutrement comes brimming with quality that matches functionality with imagination. Things start off decidedly funky with The Mole laying down a discoid bassline and maintaining his groove longer than he might normally do. Dexter comes correct with a brooding slice of tech-house that plays off a growling bassline and quirky dabs of synth, while Matthew Styles lets dubby feedback reign supreme on the melodic part of "Liquid Sky". Jon McMillon rounds proceedings off in fine style with the subdued slow-mo of "T-Station".
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