Glasgow has always been a fertile breeding ground for house music. With countless internationally-renowned DJs hailing from the city, there is no shortage of world-class talent in the UK’s northern clubbing powerhouse. The latest duo to set dancefloors alight in Glasgow and far beyond are illyus & Barrientos. The pair have diverse origins - Barrientos has Chilean parents and was born in America, while illyus grew up in Frankfurt after being born in Govan.
They met on Glasgow’s dancefloors in 2014, building a friendship over their mutual love of the kind of unashamedly big, floor-filling modern house tunes that have since propelled them to dizzying levels of acclaim. In many ways, they are an odd couple – while illyus was growing up in the vibrant local hip-hop scene in Germany then Glasgow, distributing early mixtapes for an enthusiastic audience of friends, Barrientos was still taking classical piano lessons, playing Chopin and Beethoven. In the studio, these diverse influences come together to create some spectacular dancefloor alchemy. Raw and funky, their tracks pulse with percussive energy and deep, infectious hooks.
With releases so far for Defected, Suara, Toolroom, Exploited Records and Glasgow Underground and riotous gigs at Space Ibiza, Ministry of Sound, XOYO, The Arches, Riverside Festival and Boardmasters Festival, they have cemented their status as one of the hottest DJ and production duos in the UK. With more music and bigger parties always on the horizon, these two are ready to join the higher echelons of the dance music elite… watch this space.
Prior to their upcoming Hideout performance, the duo shared their current top 5 tracks with us.
Geoffrey Williams – Sex Life (Armand’s Abstract Da Funk Mix)
"We’ve been playing this track out so much lately – and every time it goes down amazingly! The build-up is excellent, and this groovy bassline just comes out of nowhere to get you dancing."
Soul Speech – Soul Speech (Melé Remix)
"The original was a gem and was perfect for the driving club sets. Mele has taken this up another level, he's on fire at the moment."
Ten Ven – Turn It Up
"This guy can do absolutely no wrong. Every song we hear from him is absolute magic, and this has been in our sets for every show since it came out. We also had to pleasure of meeting him in Bristol, and he’s a gent!"
Son of Sound – Need Each Other
"Classic Music Company is one of our all-time favourite labels and they never disappoint. Proper daytime party sunshine vibes on this one, and you cannot beat a disco track."
Bawrut – Tano
"This track has a mix of styles combined, and it works so well. The acid bass-line keeps you hooked, and the dotted vocal snippets give it a tribal feel. Mix this one into the Soul Speech record and you’re smashing it!"