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Slava – Dark Arts Mix

Exclusive: The dance artist creates us an unpredictable and visceral new mix

TextOwen MyersPhotographyRebekah Seok

Moscow-born, New York-based electronic artist Slava may not be the darkest artist on Software Recording Co., but his mutating, house-referencing music is like a 9-volt battery to the tongue. The fleshy artwork for this year's Raw Solutions album depicted him unzipping his own flesh, and Eugene Kotlyarenko's video for "Girl Like Me" sofly lit dewy teen incest. This new mix moves with the teeth-gritting pace of your favourite body horror, cutting from propulsive house to Moombahton and K-pop, and flirting with R&B from Jhené Aiko and Ashanti. In Slava's hands the familiar is made unsettling, and the present teeters on a knife-edge as he roughly yet painstakingly sketches the future of dance.


Big Bang – "Bad Boy (Intro)"
Black Daylight – "Beyonce's Release"
Shining Force – "Esperanza"
Shaun D – "Dat A$$"
Secreto El Biberon – "Pa Que Me Mate El Dolor" (Prod. By DJ Sammy)
Physical Therapy – "Million Years Crushed (Allergey Season)"
OL – "FRK Edit"
"Arabski Club"
Divoli S'vere x Britney Spears – "Work Bitch (Gaginating Ha Remix)"
Walton – "Cool It VIP"
Jhené Aiko – "Mirrors"
Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – "Let Me Blow Ya Mind (Artistic Raw Bootleg)"
Lotic – "Amygdala Hijack"
MESH – "Scythians1long"
Terror Danjah – "Explode"
Rizzla & False Witness – "Baile Tra"
Misk – "Silsila Ye Chahat Ka (Bootleg)"
Chits – "Custom Hype (Slava Remix)""
Black Daylight – "Startrack Reloaded
DJ Gutta – "Bad (@Wale) (Jersey Club Remix)"
Club Fun (Flubba & Cream Dream) – "Da Fun"
Mohegan Son – "Spirit Balm (Broke City Summer Collection)"
DJ Richard – "Benzos"
Jacques Greene + Tinashe – "Painted Faces"
Ashanti – "Movies (Murlo Refix)"
Katy B – "What Love Is Made Of (Brackles Remix)"
El Alfa – "No Wiri Wiri"
GR8 Skin – "Piano Improvisation (C) 2"