Five years after his debut release, drum & bass technician Rockwell has announced his first album.
Obsolete Medium arrives on his regular label home of Shogun Audio and is the result of a period of experimentation from the London-based producer, absorbing influences from punk, hip-hop and house into serious D&B business. Guests on the record include Sam Binga & Hyroglifics, Lauren L’aimant, Breakage and Phace.
“Being honest, I was struggling for the last few years by trying to write a certain type of music that I thought people were expecting of me, and consequently not making much progress. I took a conscious decision to let the tunes develop organically and not try to force their direction,” says Rockwell.
“What resulted is a very naturally constructed collection of music reflecting my wide range of influences – punk drum fills, techno basses, dusty white noise and neon synths – whilst not heavily mirroring anything too obviously specific, and eschewing many of the cliches of modern dance music production.”
‘Please Please Please (Play Me On The Radio)’ is the first track, and had its debut on Mistajam’s radio show las night (October 14) – stream it below and download from iTunes now.
Watch Rockwell on FACT TV talking about his D&B ascent, his production approach and the influence of his mentors and peers.
Faces Ft. Lauren L’aimant
Lines Of Ground Glass
Itsok2bhapp-e ft. Sam Binga & Hyroglifics
Guts / Blood / Sex / Drugs ft. Jams
Please Please Please (Play This On The Radio)
Macbook Jungle Crew (Your Time)
Technoir ft. Breakage
Rave Cult ft. Phace