Michael Iwatsu is a young composer from London who’s productions of house and techno are influenced by Ahmad Jamal and Ryuichi Sakamoto through to Moodyman and LTJ Bukem.
Burnin Music had two strong EP’s last year by Ponty Mython and Leonidas +Kay Suzuki.
This third release features the British artist with some special treatment by German underground DJ & Producer Soulphiction. The original mix of the A side Fracture Original Mix, is a beautiful odyssey of beats, harmony and subtle emotion, the Piano bringing balance to the stomping house kick & drum. On the B side Fracture Soulphiction Jazzed Up Mix, is taken to a deeper level with a condensed version of everything that makes the original track so emotional but with a Detroit twist. When it comes to deep and soulful inspired house grooves with grit, few comes close to Soulphiction. Mastered by the one and only Atjazz
So in the the run up to Michael’s Release with Burnin Music
we asked him to send us 10 tracks that have inspired or influenced him and/or his music along the way..
1. Nujabes – Mystline
I got into Nujabes in my early teens. Around the same time if not a bit after I got into Pete Rock. Those two were my biggest source of inspiration during those years. Nujabes in particular because I’d never heard anything like it before. The types of samples he used and the way he flipped them was different from anything I’d heard at the time.
3. Common – Love Is…
I’ve probably listened to this album more than any other. I used to play it during car journeys to and from my piano teacher. Even though this was one of my favourite songs on it, I still don’t think I’d heard of J Dilla. Or if I had, the only thing I’d have checked would have been Donuts, which I really didn’t get at the time. I think to appreciate Donuts it definitely helps to have heard his back catalogue first.
4. J Dilla – More Secrets
I’m not sure what I can say anything about this man that hasn’t already been said. One thing that I’ve always liked about him is that he wasn’t afraid to make weird shit. Like on Dillatronic, there’s so much weird but sick stuff. His ear for sound design is something that always stands out to me.
5. Mount Kimbie – Carbonated
6. Chic Corea – Crystal Silence
7. Gigi Masin – The Word Love
8. Stimming – Prepare
9. Burial & Four Tet – Nova
Another emotional piece of dance music. And another song with incredible sound design. I’ve always wondered what the main sound is. Some of my producer friends said they reckon it could’ve been some sort of prepared piano that they messed with. Whatever it is, it’s beautiful.
10. Leon Vynehall – St. Sinclair