Blame It on Rio

Eclectic English DJs Layo and Bushwacka! channel Brazil's up-for-it energy on their new mix for the famed Global Underground series.

Amusingly this has all further tightened the panty knots of some of Global Underground's most purist fans. For most of its existence, the GU sound was readily identifiable — deep, and often dubby, but firmly falling into the "progressive house" rubric in clean, linear mixes. But earlier this year, with Global Underground 032: Mexico City, Adam Freeland swiveled the concept 180 degrees, with an astonishing mixup of everything from filthy French hipster house to Norwegian shoegaze rock. It was, then, a good predecessor for Layo and Bushwacka!, who continued to strain the brand into further oddball turf. Still, it's a little unclear what it all has to do with Brazil.

"The Rio part has got nothing at all whatsoever to do with the music, in terms of the actual music on the CD," Benjamin concedes. Rather it's more about an energy thing, capturing a vibe that would go down well in Brazil, where the two DJs often perform both as a duo and solo. (Benjamin is next headed down in January for a three-week stint at the Santa Catarina island club Warung).

Layo and Bushwacka! groove to the beat of their own drum machines.
Layo and Bushwacka! groove to the beat of their own drum machines.


Layo and Bushwacka! perform at the Art House event with Phil K, Jon Cowan, and others Saturday, December 8, at Shine, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance from Those 21 and older are welcome with ID. Call 305-341-1318, or visit

"They're really into music, into the stuff we play. We've been going there for 10 years," says Benjamin. "On a personal level, I've flown there 36 times in the last 10 years. We've got a strong connection with the kind of Latino end of the culture there as well. Italy, Spain, South America — all Latin places. It's the spirit of the culture, the body language. It's really warm; it's really friendly. I guess we really vibe off it a lot." Saturday, then, everyone should feel right at home.

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