The Mole

The Mole (CA)

With eclectic and psychedelic beats pureed in a satisfyingly smooth tech-house processor, it’s easy to get lost in the magic of ‘El Molito.’ From British Columbia all the way to Neukölln, Berlin, Colin de la Plante’s catalog of fired-up, oddball disco cuts have been ambushing unsuspecting audiences for the past two decades. Rather than completely shift groove gears with every new release, this prolific musician has made timelessly funky, left-of-centre electronic loops his winning trademark.

Victoria native Colin de la Plante, aka The Mole, is one of the most accomplished yet low-key Canucks who’ve relocated to Berlin. After a solid decade in Montréal that saw him perform legendary live sets (his 2004 MUTEK set being a career highlight, singled out by The Village Voice) and hold down a seven-year residency at the mythical, recently shuttered Main staple Laïka, this laid-back purveyor of kaleidoscopic tech-house collages patched into the German capital in 2007. De la Plante, a longtime member of the now-defunct Wagon Repair stable, also contributes to the free-ranging Modern Deep Left Quartet alongside fellow countrymen Mathew Jonson, Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula. Over the years, De La Plante has released countless soulful edits and infectiously perky patchworks on labels such as Kompakt and Ostgut Ton. Since releasing his debut album As High as the Sky (2008), The Mole has collaborated with Mathew Jonson and Hreno as Units and Measurements, as well as launching his own label venture Maybe Tomorrow (yes, a Littlest Hobo reference). De La Planet (2017), his latest LP, reaffirms his knack for wry, artfully arranged loops and cheerfully punchy techno.

Thrilled by the reactions of audiences he sets in motion, he excels in the groove-art of perfectly calibrated percussive surprises, sampled adventures and disco drama. The Mole has a long and storied history with the festival, so we’re eager to welcome back this hometown hero to showcase his brand new live set.

MUTEK // Piknic
MUTEK 2012, montreal

Parc Jean-Drapeau - Second Stage
03/06/2012

Victoria native Colin de la Plante, aka The Mole, has the uncanny ability to drive the most complacent crowds into a frenzy of looped grooves. Since releasing debut album As High as the Sky on Wagon Repair (2008), he has leaped from success to success, injecting fired-up disco grooves into the techno machine.

Funambus STM
MUTEK 2010, montreal

Place de la paix
02/06/2010

Anyone who has witnessed The Mole (Wagon Repair) ambush an unsuspecting audience knows that he has the uncanny ability to drive the most complacent crowds into a frenzy of looped grooves that name-check disco pioneers like Giorgio Moroder as equally as they rejuvenate the wizened soul of Detroit techno innovators like Moodymann and Carl Craig.

The Mole, which is the alias for Victoria-native/now Berlin-based Colin de la Plante, has been leaping from success to success these past few years, on the strength of his debut album, As High as the Sky (Wagon Repair, 2008).

MUTEK//Piknic 1: Strawberry Fields Forever

Parc Jean-Drapeau
30/05/2009

Anyone who has witnessed The Mole (Wagon Repair) ambush an unsuspecting audience knows that he has the uncanny ability to drive the most complacent crowds into a frenzy of looped grooves that name-check disco pioneers like Giorgio Moroder as equally as they rejuvenate the wizened soul of Detroit techno innovators like Moodymann and Carl Craig.

The Mole, which is the alias for Victoria-native Colin de la Plante, who also performs live at MUTEK this year as part of The Modern Deep Left Quartet, has been leaping from success to success these past few years, on the strength of his debut album, As High as the Sky (Wagon Repair, 2008).

The Mole delivers a performance that was voted among the Top 10 live shows globally in 2008 by the electronic trendsetters over at Resident Advisor, and the results are nothing less than an injection of fired-up disco groove into the machine of techno.

MUTEK_10 Tour: Edmonton

Avenue Theater
17/04/2009

Live set!

NOCTURNE 3

MTELUS
01/06/2007

For this MUTEK showcase, The Mole will start off with a solo set and then join forces with his old friends in Cobblestone Jazz for a rare reunion of the once-mighty Modern Deep Left Quartet.

FINALE SAT

Société des arts technologiques [SAT]
06/06/2004

Chances are if you regularly scavenge through Montreal's numerous vinyl cemeteries, then you've spotted Colin de la Plante, the man behind The Mole, hunting down lost disco treasures. A vinyl-aficionado with a collector's tastes, The Mole has been a fixture of Montreal's nightlife for years, and in that time he has developed an unparalleled reputation as one of this city's top-tier leftfield disco DJs. Though his first single appeared back in 2001, it wasn't until 2004 that The Mole climbed out from his hole and began releasing a steady stream of deep, discofied house music that reflected his passions for Theo Parrish, Giorgio Moroder, and Detroit techno. His loop-driven live sets have garnered an esteemed following for those in search stripped-down minimal funk.

EXPÉRIENCE 1

Just for Laughs Museum
31/05/2003

After his DJ years, his compositions utilizing looped vinyl, and his live performances using four turntables, The Mole presents his new project during MUTEK: diverting the roots of funk, disco and boogie with live samples and reconstructing it all into sweeping proto-house at the mercy of the psychedelic, all very reminiscent of the work of Theo Parrish or Moodymann. He cuts and fuses his references with frightening efficiency that no one can resist.

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