DJ Shiva brings her Noncompliant alias to Valence in March 2017 with the More Than Surviving EP. Described by longtime friend & fan The Black Madonna as "one of the most exciting producers in techno", Shiva's Noncompliant alias is as defiant in sound as it is in name.
Leading with the title track, which featured in The Black Madonna's Mixmag cover mix in January 2017, the EP features two more original tracks, informed by Alan Moore's V For Vendetta and poet Adrienne Rich respectively. Valence label head Kevin McHugh completes the package with an Ambivalent remix.
"Noncompliant is about daring to be who you are instead of who others expect you to be, even when (and maybe especially when) being yourself is dangerous. It is a name and a project very much based in queerness and feminism, and though I started the project last year, it has become even more relevant to me now that we are living in the Trump regime.
"More Than Surviving is about how we live in times of crisis. We have to find joy and love and goodness even when we are fighting to survive. In fact, sometimes those are the things that keep us fighting, that make it worth fighting in the first place.
"The Very Last Inch of Us is based on a quote from V for Vendetta: 'Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free.' Once again, being true to ourselves is sometimes all we have, and it's worth fighting for.
"More Howl, More Keening is from an Adrienne Rich poem about death. We all will deal with loss, both in the fights we have and also of the people we love. When we lose either, we have to approach it with as much passion as we do living."
- DJ Shiva aka Noncompliant
01 More Than Surviving
02 The Very Last Inch Of Us
03 More Howl, More Keening
04 More Than Surviving (Ambivalent remix)
released August 3, 2017
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