Glasgow Underground In 5 Records

Glasgow Underground has been one of the UK’s strongest outlet for new, dynamic House Music since it’s inception in 1996. Kevin McKay’s small imprint hashad a plethora of quality releases from the likes of Mateo & Matos, DJ Q, Romanthony, Slam Mode, Milton Jackson, Illyus & Barrientos, Groove Assassins, just to name a few.

To coincide with the Glasgow Underground 2014 release out now on Traxsource via Toolroom Longplayer, we had the labels founder, Kevin McKay, share with us his 5 most influential Glasgow Underground tracks. This is Glasgow Underground In 5 Records.

Glasgow Underground 2014 available now on Traxsource.


1. Romanthony – Floorpiece (Claptone Remix)

Claptone was one of the first names on the list of people we wanted to remix Romanthony. Amazingly, right at the beginning of the whole project he agreed. But for some reason or another, it just didn’t work out. Each time we put together a new remix package, we would check and see if he was available and each time something meant it couldn’t happen. Either the track didn’t work for him or he was too busy. It looked for a while like we weren’t going to get our man. Finally, late last year, we sent him the Floorpiece acappella and that was it. Something clicked and he delivered this MONSTER of a remix. Like Schatrax’s “Mispent Years” or Inner City’s “Ahnonghay”, this is underground house music at its very best. Heavy garage beats, a dark’n’moody bassline and some killer keys underpin Romanthony’s unmistakable story about his Dj-ing experience.


2. Illyus & Barrientos – Do Anything You Wanna

There is no other way to put this – “Do Anything You Wanna” is an absolute anthem. The vocals are hooky like “Shake That”, pianos classy like Ejeca’s finest and its beats walk around like they are bigger than Prince. An instant dancefloor bomb supported by the DJs like John Digweed, Sasha, Gorgon City, Groove Armada, Waifs & Strays, Russ Chimes, Amine Edge, Funk D’Void, Kry Wolf, German Brigante, Compuphonic, Mark Knight, Stacey Pullen, Golf Clap, Danny Howard, Ray Foxx, Actor One, Dmitri Nakov (Ushaia), Supernova.


3. Brett Gould – Rhythm Drop

We first met Brett handing out CDs at ADE in 2012. From there we picked up his trippy, 20:20 Vision style “You Say” for our Super Heavyweight release last Spring. Since then, Brett has gone on to remix Kevin McKay’s “Club Trax” for OFF Recordings and record this varied 3 tracker for us. If – like us – you’re sick of hearing Double 99’s Rip Groove being but you’re definitely up for some system bending bass and rapid-fire garage beats then Rhythm Drop is the cut for you. Like a cross between Martin Ikin’s “Rhythm” and Gorgon City’s “Thor” this a pure dancefloor monster.


4. Romanthony – Let Me Show You Love (Gerd’s Crooklyn Full Vox Remix)

Gerd is dutch producer Gert-Jan Bijl. Under one alias or another he’s been making records for labels as varied as Universal Language and Rejected since 1994. Most recently his “Palm Leaves” 12″ on Royal Oak (as Gerd) showed that he’s up there with Andres & KDJ when it comes to soulful Detroit style house music. Recording as Geeeman his huge warehouse anthem “Bang’t” – the kind of no-nonsense jacking groove that you’d expect from Dance Mania – was one of Phonica’s records of 2012 and as NY Stomp he delivered “The NY House Trak” a slice of rolling house business that harks back to Black Traxx and Mijangos and forward to Bicep, Huxley and Ejeca.
On the subject of his “Let Me Show You Love” mix, Gerd said, “Best mixes of this ultimate classic are the Crooklyn Mix and Quick Dub. But both mixes do not contain the full vocal. When I was asked to do this remix, I decided to go for the same vibe but make use of the whole vocal (verses, chorus, etc). I thought there was no use trying to do something completely different. it’s hard to beat this classic. Now there finally will be a Crooklyn Mix and/or Quick Dub with the amazing verses! I only received the vocal parts, no other parts, so it took me a while to rebuild the track with same sort of ingredients and especially to get the sounds very similar to the original”


5. Those Beats – Lead Me On

Those Beats spent a wee bit of time following up their last record [the excellent Discontented EP from last year that got support from a wide range of DJs from Jimspter to Pete Tong]. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve not been slacking, its just that for two people who spent so much time on the Sub Club dancefloor we felt that they had a big Subby tune in their heart and it just needed a wee bit of extra coaxing out of them. And here it is. “Lead Me On” is the kind of kick-drum heavy, ass shaking piano anthem Bicep would have made if they’d eaten more square sausage, drank more Irn Bru or Buckfast and spent more time organizing after parties on Jamaica Street at 3am on a Sunday morning. And if you’re still not sure what I’m getting at then apologies for the heavy Glaswegian references – just think Seven Grand Housing Authority but with catchy-as-fuck vocals that go round and round in your brain for days.



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