Villem & Mcleod – Ain't No Way/Make Tomorrow

This week sees the release of the latest 12” from the source of freshness that is Warm Communications, who have been bringing us the most up to date underground drum and bass for coming on 15 years now, with this being no exception. This time around, the always clinical, Villem and Mcleod have cooked up three excellently produced pieces of music, with ‘Ain’t No Way’ and ‘Make Tomorrow’ on the vinyl release and ‘Saved You’ as a digital exclusive. Villem and Mcleod are a duo who always combine forces with devastating effects and in the three tracks on this release, they’ve managed to display an impressive level of skill and diversity that is consistent throughout all their music.

Kicking of with ‘Ain’t No Way’, we have a boisterous track that holds nothing back. A short intro ends with a catchy vocal, which chants ‘there just ain’t no way’, before breaking into an aggressive drum break with an all out electronic tech drop. This one is definitely going to be sleighing some dance floors over the coming weeks.

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Now we switch things up with the flip side: ‘Make Tomorrow’; moving drastically over to the more liquid side of drum and bass, the intro brings simple but soulful keys alongside a smooth, crisp drum break. This sets up the perfect summer sunset type vibe on the track, ready for the gentle rolling bass line that eases along the omnipresent piano and occasional soft chimes of wind instruments. This one has to take the top spot for me and would be perfect for the sunset in sardinia with the Sun and Bass crew ;).

The digital exclusive: ‘Saved You’ has a deep atmosphere to it, with the intro coming in with high hats and eerie samples that evolve into a huge bass-snare combo. The track then winds up into a weighty electronic drop, with a element of underlying smoothness that allows the track to flow seamlessly in the mix. The breakdown brings a chance to rest as things slow down again and the soothing female vocal rings through, but we can’t get too comfortable; the second drop is close to follow and the onslaught continues.

All in all, this is a one you’re gonna need to have in the bag, with such diversity within the release, this plate can take your mix in all sorts of directions. So head over to Redeye Records to bag your copy.

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