Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs giving purpose to hot summer days, but after sundown, the city is where it’s at… if you know where to look. It’s possible that this double-life is what inspired the deep, melodic, futuristic sounds of one of Australia’s most mysterious electronic dance music labels of the 90’s – Red Ember Records.
Helmed by Ewan Jansen and along with Justin Zerbst (with contributions from Steb Sly and Andrew Carpenter) this micro label powered through the latter half of the 1990’s with a slew of back-room productions; barely existent releases that were mainly pressed onto poly-plastic discs and hand distributed at a handful of near mythical live performances and local record spots in their hometown. Suffice to say it’s the unique quality of the music contained on these lathes (chiefly produced by Jansen and Zerbst) and the sheer rarity of the physical items that has driven Red Ember firmly into the minds of vinyl fiends the globe over.
Deep. That is one word that can be safely used when discussing the sonic bounty contained on a Red Ember record. Ewan Jansen’s loose, harmonic style sits perfectly next to Justin Zerbst’s faster paced, frenetic Techno sounds. The two’s styles complimenting each other perfectly. The two producers have their very own unique vision of what House and Techno are and “Embers Only: Selected tracks 1997 – 1999” offers an overview of a selection of very carefully curated tracks taken from a handful of their early EP’s and lathes. Never reissued before and almost exclusively out of print for the most part, these tracks have been some of the most closely guarded pieces of electronic music going around. Full access was granted to the Red Ember vault and working in conjunction with Jansen and Zerbst this phenomenal compilation was brought to life.
“Embers Only: Selected tracks 1997 – 1999” – An insight into the extremely exotic sound world of Red Ember Records, now available on double vinyl, fully remastered from all original DAT tapes and compiled with the full cooperation of both Ewan Jansen and Justin Zerbst. Remastered by Curved Pressings, London. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus.