Published Feb 07, 2014The best of the proverbial best, so to speak, are wrapped up and presented on Jesse Rose's latest LP, The Whole Twelve Inches; it's composed of 12 tracks that were dropped monthly over the course of 2013. Fans looking for any semblance of the sound of 2009's What Do You Do if You Don't should be warned: There's a massive departure between the two.
Here, Rose settles into his trademark minimal house, accenting along the way with atypical breakdowns and flourishes. While it might seem a bit slow to start, even repetitive in its execution, the allure of The Whole Twelve Inches is found in its simplicity. Exceptionally slow builds grow across 4/4 beats, unraveling so gradually you don't notice a distinct drop until it's already unfurling.
While the majority of the album operates in this way, and works well, it's also punctuated with more flavourful, experimental tracks like "Lost in Pangea" and "Shuffle the Paper." The album employs the use of original spoken vocal overlays on a handful of tracks, drawing your attention more to the words being spoken over the tracks themselves, which are happy nods to traditional house. (Made to Play/Play It Down)