Rightly placed on the inculturally-aware line-up of Fatima Al Qadiri and Nguzunguzu at last year’s Unsound, Slava Balasanov (aka Slava) was a close contender in most visceral mind (and body) scramble. It’s just as well too, considering the Moscow-born, New York-based producer has had several fierce releases already, not least on Heiroglyphic Being’s Mathematics label and a little-known appearance on Coral Records Internazionale’s #Seapunk Volume 1, along with aqnb favourite Le1f .
Slava’s upcoming album debut though, Raw Solutions, is out on Daniel Lopatin’s Mexican Summer imprint Software, April 23, and it will be the second with the Brooklyn label since 2012’s Soft Control EP. With one less Britney sample and plenty more brutal beats, it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.**