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DT737 – Illyus & Barrientos


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 dance floors 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 dance floors 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 dance floor alchemy. Raw and funky, their tracks pulse with percussive energy and deep, infectious hooks.

They unleashed the thumping club banger ‘It’s The Right Time’ ft Anelisa Lamola on 26th February via Ultra Music, which you can check out here. Today, they join us on the podcast. Listen to it below, on Mixcloud or iTunes here.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Nothing but feel-good tunes from a couple of Scottish boys! 

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Really feeling the another chemical love story track but then again the new Black child bangs too!

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
We love taking people on a journey. Our sets always have a bit of everything

Tell us about your next EP?
We can’t actually reveal too much about the next ep but let’s just say we have been cookin’ up so much new material that there aren’t enough months in the year. For now, though we hope people will enjoy our new Devotion remix. It was such an honour to add our style to this one. 

What have you got coming up? 
It’s nice to say gigs are being talked about again. We’re really excited to get back on the road and play some tunes for people.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
In all seriousness. Stay positive and better times are ahead. Can’t wait to see you all out on the dancefloors around the world.  


1. Carlostella – Full [Phoenix Soul]
2. Alaia & Gallo & Kevin Haden – Who is He? (Claptone Remix) [Glitterbox]
3. Another Chemical Love Story – Do You Feel Like I Do
4. A-Trak & Weiss – Funk U [Fool’s Gold]
5. Blackchild – Inmydreams [Hot Creations]
6. Gettoblaster feat. Missy – H O U S E [Superfett]
7. Midas – Nothing Serious [Vivifier Records]
8. Roog – If Everything Went My Way [Altra Moda]
9. Dan Corco & Max Muller – Punch Out [Too Many Rules]
10. Hotswing – Discoteq [Downtown Underground]
11. Jess Bays – Love We Had [Good Company]
12. Ten City – Devotion (Illyus & Barrientos Remix) [Ultra]
13. Deetron – Photon [Character]
14. Kristin Velvet – Rollin’ [Arms & legs]
15. Josh Hunter – Release Me [Wh0 Plays]

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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