Rockwell is different from other d&b innovators, though. He doesn't make a self-conscious attempt to slow down the tempo or smooth out the moods. Rather, his subtlety lies in something more cerebral, something not readily apparent. His latest EP is actually a bit of a head rush: "DJ Friendly Unit Shifter" races by so fast that its elements seem to hit some invisible windshield and vibrate before flying away in a flash. "Fakin Jacks" feels slower but hits harder, the pounding drums ramming through euphoric techno pads and a glimmering synth motif. The central percussive devices in both tracks are clicks and whirs that spiral and crash, yet Rockwell keeps his tunes from seeming overstuffed. More importantly, he keeps those nasty techstep basslines away from typical obnoxious territory, blending subtle LFO in with the frenetic sounds.
What makes him such a promising producer—with a debut album in the works for Shogun Audio—is his tendency to escape from a close-knit scene and make tracks that don't quite fit in with any particular subgenre. Is it minimal? Is it techstep? Is it atmospheric? Is it liquid? I can't say anything for sure, other than that it's exciting.