2023 has seen some of the most talented veterans in the scene take that (now inevitable) step and launch their own record labels. Noncompliant is the latest and I’m here for it. Giant Arm debuts with Momentum Shift, a four track techno EP that’s as raw and uncompromising as it is clever and inventive.
Recognize this: everything is flat in the Midwest, the only peaks are the man-made features and many of those are crumbling. I hear that on Momentum Shift, where sounds extend and fill a vast subterranean arena, drums like sonar signals that never bounce against anything and never come back. “Death Mask” is a kaleidoscope of sound + vision cranked rapidly in spiraling circles. These are four DJ ready dancefloor incendiaries: light quickly and run away.
⚪️ Momentum Shift Tracklisting
Noncompliant: Momentum Shift EP (Giant Arm / Digital)
1. Symptom Onset (05:50)
2. Death Mask (06:16)
3. Stress Fracture (06:21)
4. Exponential Paralysis (05:25)
⚪️ Disclosure Statement
This record was submitted as a promo.
⚪️ Previous Coverage
⚪️ Feature: The Future is Noncompliant (2017)
⚪️ Cover Story: The Inside Story of As You Like It (2020)
⚪️ Premiere: Noncompliant launches new label Giant Arm with Momentum Shift (2023)
⚪️ Preview: The Future Is Noncompliant, and The Future Is Today (2018)
5 Mag Issue 209
Out September 2023
SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND: This was originally published in 5 Mag Issue #209 featuring Alinka, Laseech, Being, Marco Lenzi, the sordid story of the Goldman Sachs CEO’s DJ career and more. Help keep our vibe alive by becoming a member for $2/month and get every issue in your inbox right away!