It would appear that nothing is off limits for NYC-based, Moscow born producer Slava. As an artist and programmer who is as informed by Britney Spears as he is Chicago footwork, the trained jazz guitar player-come-frenetic dance DJ explored perversion in all its multiplicity in this year’s Raw Solutions, out on Software in April. But as if sexualised sound bytes and eloquently phrased pop misogyny wasn’t enough for Slava to illustrate just how truly surreal modern culture is, here he’s dropped this rattling depiction of two teens, suggestive of siblings and their very guilty pleasure for ‘Girl Like Me’ directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko. Watch at your own risk. **
Visual artist, producer and programmer, Slava has a record, Raw Solutions, coming out on OPN’s Brooklyn-based label Software next month, Monday April 22, and has dropped a tech-conscious video to match his music and his lifestyle. Featuring the artist himself doing his drunken duty on a keyboard, interspersed with all other types of sporty actions in the hyperreality of his imaginings, ‘Werk’ follows last month’s ‘On It‘ with an equally unreal exploration into cyberspace and our physical role within it.
The Russian-born, New York-based DJ started in Chicago around footwork and now explores music across genres and within its rawest potential. Raw Solutions was largely recorded on hardware, while his fascination with Britney Spears and the perversions of popular culture come through in the reconfigured, repeated and manipulated sounds of some ever resilient human vocal folds. See the Software website for more information.**
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.**