Somehow, for me, Rose always (unjustly) had this cold and rigid aura around him. Hopefully, his take on 'Body Language' dismisses that, and what we have here is the sound of the European house underground looking at you in the most warm and titillating of fashions. For example, mix opener 'Gotta Get Up' by Solid Groove & Sinden conjures images of Cheryl "Salt from Salt N Pepa" James high on Hydrocodone looking for a phat beat on her beatbox while Plone are jamming in the other room. Yes, it is that playful. What follows are a bunch of electro-house jackin' numbers such as Elon's 'Movin' In”, the Cass & Mangan hammering remix of Laid's 'Believe in Me', and Rose's own 'You're All Over My Head' (with what sounds suspiciously like a digitalized Paul McCartney syncopated vocal sample). Definite highlights, though, are Brett's World of Nonsense Mix of Scoper & Bubba's 'I'm Satisfied', the warped vocals of Induceve's 'How Y'All Funk', and the towering Radio Slave remix of Chelonis R. Jones (in)famous 'Deer in the Headlights'. All appearing in the second third of the mix, these tracks are showing how self-aggrandizing a studio mix can potentially be (while they'd probably be all lost in a live, five-hour set), and how much Rose is truly at ease with the mixed album's scheme and the listening-more-than-dancing narrative.
Twice, the mix doodles a bit into sappy house territory: sadly, on Rose's own 'Didn't I' (hunt down the Audion remix instead for a colder and metronomic take on it) and, at the very end, on Aril Brikha's 'Groove La Chord'. But overall, after a disappointingly bland DJ T take on the young series, Jesse Rose's 'Body Language Vol. 3' is a fierce reminder that the mixed compilation format remains a unique way for DJs to self-promote, self-articulate and self-represent, if not self-congratulate and self-eroticize. And that is a body language anyone can relate to.