Illyus & Barrientos In 5 Records
Illyus story has more in common with New York producers such as Todd Terry and Kenny Dope than it does your average Glaswegian house producer. Originally a hip-hop dj, he worked his way into Glasgow’s clubs through the world of turntablism. Despite winning several local DJ battles, he was soon switching his production style from hip-hop to house, his love of J Dilla and DJ Premier being supplemented by an admiration for the likes of Kerri Chandler, Theo Parrish and DJ Sneak. Local label Tronicsole and respected vinyl imprint Scucci Manucci were first to pick up on his early house workouts while Roska was such a fan of his work he was playing unsigned tracks on his Rinse FM show. Remixes followed for fellow Glasgow producers Mash and Kevin McKay, the latter on Stefano Riterri’s Congaloid imprint.
Barrientos is a 24 year old DJ and producer hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Born in America, raised by Chilean and English parents and growing up in Glasgow; different styles and cultures of music became an essential part of his life – eventually making the transition from classical music into electronic music during his years in university. Since then he has been picked up by Glasgow Underground and his first release was a remix of the legendary track ‘Bring U Up’ by Romanthony which received critical acclaim from Mixmag and well-respected DJs such as Junior Sanchez, Mark E and Mood II Swing. The remix was also released on Defected Records Bargrooves Deluxe 2013 compilation by Andy Daniells. Subsequent remixes of Walker & Royce and Visitor have lead onto Barrientos being described as “fast becoming a name to watch for filling the playlists of young guns Russ Chimes & Grum as well as entertaining more established DJs like Phonique. Collectively Illyus & Barrientos have had work on respected labels like Toolroom, Glasgow Underground, Tronicsole, Great Stuff, Southern Fried Records, Seven Music & more.
1. Illyus & Barrientos – Do Anything You Wanna (Glasgow Underground)
‘Do Anything You Wanna’ occupies the number 1 spot because it was our first record as a duo. It brought us together, made us click in the studio and opened various doors for us. It really helped us realise what direction we wanted to take our music in and instantly got some amazing feedback and radio play.
2. Illyus & Barrientos – Ballin’ (Love & Other)
This record actually came together in no time at all – we loved the vocal hook as it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, and after a little bassline rework, we were playing it out in clubs and then got it signed to Love & Other pretty quickly. We never expected it to get attention over the summer and we really have to thank Gorgon City and a few others for the major support – in particular, it was amazing to see get played out at Radio 1 @ Glastonbury. It was also the most “Shazam’d” track at Hideout over the summer! You knew I was ballin’ when I met you…
3. Illyus – Not the One (Morris Audio)
‘Not The One’ means a lot to me. It was my first vinyl EP, grafted blood, sweat & tears for it. It managed to get various radio plays which I hadn’t experienced previously and it also was the first record where a label approached me about releasing music with them.
4. Barrientos – On My Mind (Glasgow Underground)
‘Feel The Waves’ EP was effectively my debut EP and after a good few months working with Kevin McKay on it, it was released September 2013. The whole EP means a lot to me, but more so ‘On My Mind’ – it was my first track to get played on Radio 1, Danny Howard sitting in for Pete Tong. I’ll never forget that feeling when I was sitting with my friends and then finding out it was being played. That excitement is still always there when we get radio play!
5. Illyus & Barrientos – Guided Light (Love & Other)
A guilty pleasure of ours. It’s a moody, dark, bassline filled track. When we finished it we didn’t really pursue getting it released because we felt it was a bit different for us. We then released it as a B-side to our 2nd EP on Love & Other called ‘Stranded’ – surprisingly it was Guided Light that got a lot of attention and radio play, so we’re glad we decided to put it out there.