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Jesse Rose – The Whole Twelve Inches

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JESSE_ROSE_12X12_2.jpgLabel: Made To PlayScore: 9/10

While he’s turned his hand to many different styles of over the years, there’s no doubting the efficiency of Jesse Rose’s many well-heeled, house-tailored productions. His latest album – released on his own Made To Play label – is a keen reminder of a talent that’s as revered in the UK as much as it is abroad. His first LP since he moved to LA some years ago, The Whole Twelve Inches is a fitting reminder that Rose is still more indebted to the warehouse sounds of Berlin and London than it is his all-new Hollywood surroundings.

And if you’ve followed Rose’s latest production sojourns, then you’ll know all about this album already. Essentially, Rose, having released a track every month for the past year, has gathered up these twelve tracks, with the end result being ”The Whole Twelve Inches”. And the resounding sound here, regardless of the genre we pin the tracks to, is groove. Rose has long been a purveyor of groove-soaked sounds, and anyone who’s witnessed one of his extended DJ sets will appreciate that his is a talent that’s well-versed in making the floor move. On this cheekily titled LP, such traits immediately come to the fore on an LP that’s as every bit as charming as it is downright fun.

Of course, pretentious vibes have never formed part of Rose’s raison d’etre, and they’re not included here either. ”Love The Feeling High” sees the producer adopt a ghetto sheen, with Ed Weathers reminding us off Rose’s house music roots thanks to his gregarious lyrics. Elsewhere, the album doesn’t take too many chances, although it’s all the better for Rose sticking to his musical guns. Efforts such as ”Lost In Pangea” and ”Find Your Feet” do go off the beaten track somewhat, but it’s the delectable delights of ”Species” and the bell-loaded ”When We Heard Solid Groove” (another collab with Oliver $), that walk away with most of the plaudits.

Jesse Rose has always been adept at toeing the line between the genres. In short, few other electronic music producers can host label nights in Berlin’s Watergate or host residencies at fabric or Panorama Bar while also playing before Bono & co. over in the US. Unsurprisingly then, The Whole Twelve Inches is an album with rich crossover appeal. If no part of you can get down to these twelve house gems, then you might want to question your own musical musings. 

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