Miami-based producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Slavvy (aka Rostislav Vaynshtok) has returned with his euphonious new single and video “How You Livin“. It‘s the second installment from his forthcoming, thematic EP entitled “Romantic“, due out in the fall. The single builds on brooding nihilism seen in the previous single/video “Lavender“, which channeled Slavvy‘s hedonistic alter-ego, delving into themes of infidelity.
“How You Livin“ seamlessly blends a melange of genres from dream-pop, R&B, and elements of hip-hop into a moody, atmospheric soundscape reminiscent of the eclectic sounds of The Weeknd and Kanye West. Led by ambient, 80s inspired synths backed a pulsating trap beat, “How You Livin“ serves as an introspective deep dive into Slavvy‘s player persona, which he explores leaving no stone unturned. “Talk that sh*t“ anyway that you need to. Slavvy sings to a love interest with a sense of bravado showcased in his nonchalant delivery.
“How You Livin is full tilt braggadocio. You‘re the person, it‘s you. You‘re player one and life is a game, there’s nothing in your way. I was really feeling myself when I wrote this one, this is peak Slavvy, just shit talking, loving life,“ said Slavvy.
Paired with compelling, hyper-stylized visuals, each single from the Romantic EP serves as a semi-autobiographical piece of the puzzle in Slavvy‘s not-so-conventional love story. Much like his “Lavender“ single, the “How You Livin” music video draws on the surreal artistry and neon color palettes of the vaporwave aesthetic. Directed by Slavvy himself, the “How You Livin“ visual features cinematic shots of fast cars (an epic Dodge Challenger) and underground crime against stunning overhead views of the Miami nightlife.
“How You Livin“ is Slavvy‘s second release of the year in an exciting chapter of sonic exploration following the veteran producer‘s return to the music industry after some timeout of the spotlight. Prior to his work under moniker Slavvy, Vaynshtok was known under his acclaimed artist project AbdeCaf, who in the early 2010s tore up the US EDM festival circuit with performances at Electric Zoo, Northcoast, and Counterpoint. Stay tuned for more music from Slavvy very soon.
Rostislav Vaynshtok, colloquially known by his childhood nickname Slavvy, has been making music for over a decade. Following the local success of his teenage band Fight Like Animals, he formed the solo project AbdeCaf in 2012, which saw him signing to the prestigious William Morris Endeavor for touring and performing at some of the biggest music festivals in North America. Following the critical acclaim of his first two EPs as AbdeCaf: “Unravel” and “Rebuild”, Vaynshtok quietly faded out of the limelight for several years before re-emerging in 2014 as Mystvries.
During his time as Mystvries, he was able to continue a run of national and local collaborations that saw him selling out two live scorings with the Miami Jewish Film Festival. Mystvries brand of 80s soaked, Drive soundtrack inspired, synth-wave, saw him accumulating over 250,000 streams and downloads between Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bittorrent bundle released via his own Bribery Corporation record label. Now, he returns with his most personal and transparent project to date, Slavvy.
Slavvy’s Romantic EP marks the first time the artist ventures away from strictly being a producer, and finally showcases his talent as a songwriter, arranger, and vocalist. Collaborating heavily with Russian producer Sighost (nee Sergey Malakhov), Slavvy is crafting a Drake/ 40 or Weeknd/ Daheala relationship with Sighost who co-produces the vast majority of Slavvy’s crooning. Slavvy’s EP is a collection of midnight music made for the witching hour, soundtracking your drunken texts to exes that could predicate romance or ruin.