Th' Mole Greatest Hits (Ha Ha Ha) Vol. 1

Th' Mole Greatest Hits (Ha Ha Ha) Vol. 1
A collection of reworked "hits" alongside new tunes, Greatest Hits is fun, upbeat dance music inspired by rap, glitch-hop and electro, with just a splash or two of bluegrass fiddle. Using this catchy ear candy as a backdrop, th' Mole flips hyper, simple raps that emphasize the positive messages in his music, such as "How 2 B Cool" and "People Are Good," alongside dance floor scorchers like "Jump Jack" and "Heart Phire," and a handful of instrumentals. Even the one angry song, "I Hate You," a break-up song, is fairly energetic and dances the thin line between ballad and rump shaker, finally crossing over with the angrier 8-bit remix, labelled "Secret Hidden Bonus Track." A bonus MP3 EP contains a few more songs and remixes. "Tick Tick Blam" appears in original and instrumental form, as well as two remixes, but the highlights are "Brush 'Em," a sugary sweet, pro-teeth cleaning anthem from th' Mole's children's entertainer alter ego Captain Daydream, and the two-part lesson in horseback riding, "Go Horsie," the first part serving as the newest single, with a video featuring th' Mole running amok as a vibrantly costumed "stupid, supercharged idiot." Too bad it's the one-trick pony of "A Meticulous Fondle" that ends up as the bonus video. Still, for fun, positive dance music, you can't get much better than th' Mole and his Greatest Hits. (Daly City)