Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Mole - As High As The Sky

As High As The Sky is The Mole's debut album. The Mole is Colin Le Plant, a Montreal-based producer. Most of his singles are long, heavily-looped house music. This made me a little leery of a full length album. I was wrong, since the tracks have plenty of variety and aren't long enough to wear out their welcome.

Things get started with "Still In My Corner", a lazy house track with a blippy melody. The soul gets injected right after that, as a male voice introduces "Ain't The Way It's Supposed To Be", with a sampled bassline, and looped strings. It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it's pretty funky.

"Alice You Need Him" takes things into a breakbeat-oriented, electronic groove. Its complicated melody makes it one of the better tracks on the album.

"Hey Girl (You're The One)" begins what I would call the big room tracks, which are more upbeat and designed to stoke the dancefloor. The distorted bass and the funky percussion signal it's one for the floor. It's followed by "Baby You're The One", which has been shortened from its single length for the album. Don't worry, you're not missing much. This seven-minute version is all you need for mixing or enjoyment, and is still one of the most energetic on this album.

"Gracias a los Ninos" takes things down a notch, with a more techno, slower sound. "Like The Way" comes next, which more percussion, than anything else. "Smiling and Running" follows it, and takes things down a notch with a looped synth melody calming things down. "Knock Twice" is even more laidback, and brings back the breakbeats and some housier soul music.

Finally, "When It Tastes So Good" finishes this enjoyable album with a gentle, jazzy house track.

It will be released May 26, on Wagon Repair.