Island Diary

A 7 track house album (40m 56s) — released December 11th 2020 on Butter Sessions

Ewan Jansen,Perth artist, producer and founder ofRed Ember Records,presents his second offering toButter Sessionsfollowing the 2017 EPBest Intentions. The colourful LP from Jansen,Island Library, wraps up the end of the year at the label on a distinguished note -- courtesy of Jansen's 20 years of experience in the Australian electronic landscape.

Island Librarywas recorded over the last 12 months as Jansen returned from a frantic European tour. He was granted a breather with the lockdown, which allowed Jansen the necessary time and space to properly produce his record. Using this period to create intuitively, Jansen refers to his time spent in lockdown as a "chance for discovery," discernible throughout the record with his novel genre interpretations.

The refined character ofIsland Libraryis made clear with Jansen's experiments in structure and tone, distancing his LP from the formulaic and conventional approach to classic house music.The LP's openerMussel Hustleis a nostalgic and shimmering composition with an infectious hook, evidence of Jansen's versatility as a producer.Kookautters fleeting minimal techno with vigorous drum programming and hardy synthwork. In contrast,Hot Rainhits like a cool change with its breezy and balmy melody.Proteus Vs YoshimitsuchannelsYMOand other proto-electronic affiliates with futuristic sci-fi electro-pop. Jansen's signature house sound reveals itself more so in the LPs finaleBreadcrumbs,which carves out a joyful and yet refreshing passage of house music.

Jansen refers toIsland Libraryas a "palette cleanser," an apt sentiment. There's something here for everyone. He has crafted a release to be taken in from start to finish, a treat for eager ears.

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