On the Radar: The Mole – Potatoes and Beans

Canadian producer, The Mole, returns with his newest output, EP Potatoes and Beans. The Waveform Transmitter’s Jack Threlfall takes in the diverse sounds of the dynamic electronic music producer.

Colin de la Plante AKA The Mole is Canada’s finest representative of playfully raw electronic music. His commitment to intricacy and reluctance to be defined by genre labels is a fine statement of intent, and it is no surprise that his back catalogue of material boasts releases on imprints such as Internasjonal, Berghain/Panorama Bar’s Ostgut Ton, Slices Of Life, and Wagon Repair amongst many more.

The Mole’s lastest EP Potatoes and Beans is a spirited and diverse effort that shifts its style with the ease and awe.
Potatoes and Beans is a flamboyant mash-up of natural percussion, ruminating pad chimes and immersive disco hooks. An outrageously cool bassline trundles along with an air of nonchalance, whilst periodic vocal croons flow in and out of the track to create a composition that demands the listener to “really feel it, man.”

The Mole continues the commitment to organic drum arrangements with Lonely Security Man. Rattling shakers, riveting rim shots and trembling toms imprint a tribal aesthetic to the track, as sinuous bass licks tread across the soundscape with a choppy gambol. Eerie string notes spiral in the cascade of energetic percussion, ultimately producing a track that is steeped in tension and repetition.

The flip-side of the record opens with Help, a track that switches the percussive focus to a more mechanical and structured development; a theme that is explored with stylish composure throughout the rest of the track. Raw waveforms produce a glitchy melody of futurist endeavor as undulating arpeggiated synth lines fill the track with a dreamy dynamism.

Finally 2nd Dominant Lesson closes the EP with a cocky bassline and sparse volleys of claps, woodblock hits and hi hats. This minimalist arrangement again compliments the preceding track with a commitment to robotic automation and a nuanced exploration of electro-house. The elements sound simple and un-refined, however the expert arrangement of the electronic elements enlivens the track with characteristic mischief.

The Mole’s Potatoes and Beans is out on Sound Of Vast, 11th September 2017.

Author: Jack Threlfall

A loquacious disciple of electronic music and the written word.

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