We’re a sucker for a big vocal record at Glasgow Underground. From Thelma Houston’s version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” to Kariya’s “Let Me Love You For Tonight” to Degrees In Motion’s “Shine On” and even (guilty pleasure alert) the Jacques Lu Cont mix of Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For” right up to current massively popular house records like Route 94’s “My Love” and (whisper it!) Ferreck Dawn & Redondo’s “Love Too Deep”, whatever the decade, there’s a moment on the right dancefloor where you can’t beat a big, catchy screamer. Illyus & Barrientos have been developing their own brand of vocal anthems. Whether it’s “Guided Light” turning on Cameo & Trevor Nelson or “Do Anything You Wanna” featuring in playlists of DJs as varied as Groove Armada, Gorgon City and 1Xtra’s Sarah Jane Crawford, Glasgow’s latest production stars have built a reputation for delivering cuts that sound perfect in the club and on the airwaves.
“Need Me” is their latest single and their song that is most likely to unite all their varying supporters. It features the kind of killer vocals and gorgeous, heart-warming pianos that make an effortless radio record and mix it with the type of bassline that will have the househeads putting it in the folder marked “weapons”.
For those looking for something a bit darker there is the mean, brooding Schatrax meets Murk style vocal groove of “Never Enough”.
Remixes come from Brett Gould and Newbie Nerdz. Brett takes “Need Me” and ups the garage factor with some razor-sharp beats and one of his brilliant, bouncy basslines. The Nerdz take “Never Enough” into deeper, Madtech territory with a heavy beats and a booming tonal bottom end.