Atlanta producer Daniel Pollard’s (HXV) collaborative repertoire includes T.I., Young Jeezy, Justin Timberlake, Young Dro, Yung LA and Lil Wayne. Pollard began disc jockeying at 15 years old, and by 2012 Diplo’s Mad Decent record label published HXV’s first mixtape We Off That. At 33, Heroes x Villians drops the first Separation EP in his 2017 series. Three instrumental darkwave pieces “Where Do We Go From Here,” “Into Oblivion” and “Crossing the Threshold,” obtrusively differ from HXV’s Diplo and Friends March 2015 guest spotlight that aired on BBC1/1xtra. Separation is void of vocals but utilizes the minor tonal system to spew melodic misery.

Rather than compete with Hotlanta’s next generation trap kings Migos, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage, Heroes x Villians’ takes an introspective approach on Separation. Pollard’s 2016 single “Novocaine (feat. Naz Tokio)” cracks HXV’s opiate and alcohol addiction wide open. Five years sober, and the Separation EP still drips Heroes x Villians’ experiential influence.