Slava - Soft Control

Slava's new EP 'Soft Control' comprised of 5 cold slowjam juke tracks can easily fit into the ever growing movement of ambient footwork that has been cropping up all over the world. Slava however has got to be one of my favourites. This particular collection of uneasy easy-listening tracks covers new ground in the budding footwork niche in that it employs a more immersive or even commercial style and in a far less abrasive way than his contemporaries. 'File' stands out as the gem with a wintry funk groove refined with subtle juke-indebted drum-work. On a whole the EP is demanding and at points drawn out but it holds its own in an exponentially growing scene of second generation footwork producers and convinces me that Slava is definitely someone to look out for.

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