Slava Raw Solutions on 2LP
Raw Solutions (2013) is the debut full-length by Slava which means "fame" and "glory" in Russian and is the artist's given name. Following his 2012 EP Soft Control for Software Recording Co., Raw Solutions finds Slava exploring the darker, denser corners of Chicago House and Footwork in an ever-broadening context. True to his cross-cultural identity, Slava's production doesn't fit neatly into a categorical genre. Rather, it surveys many and, Zelig-like, borrows freely from them. Slava dissects elements of pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, Vogue House, British Bass and Ambient and refocuses them in almost sculptural form for the live experience.
The development of Raw Solutions was greatly informed by Slava's performance. Often recorded in single takes directly from a Korg Electribe ESX, the album compositions were crafted from bare machine essentials with few audio effects or sound-design. Slava's command of the mix powers Raw Solutions along a more refined and visceral arc than his previous recorded work. The vocal sample has become a signature element in Slava's carefully constructed balance. The thick and sticky sonic material of the samples contrasts the lean tone of mix element. The space surrounding Slava's skeletal programming becomes muscular with foraged sounds.
Over the course of Raw Solutions, the samples dissolve into the production, naturalizing the contrasting presence. Raw Solutions rarely drifts though. The mix remains meticulously assembled – each part perfectly puzzled-pieced. Mercury's penchant for intricate vocal choreography may have left as deep a stamp on Slava's psyche as his charisma.