Time Out Rio de Janeiro

Sound of the underground

There is a dynamic, dedicated underground out there. Individuals taking it upon themselves to source the best local and international talent, throwing one-off parties in unusual places and starting residencies of dependable quality, setting the blogosphere alight with the announcement of the latest instalment..

Erotika isn't a venue many would immediately head to for cutting edge underground music and discofied goodness. In the heart of Copacabana's red light district, most of the year the house is dedicated to carnal pleasures and a soundtrack of easy-writhing R'n'B. The Buati team have had other ideas. Headed by, among others, Roberta Gramani, André Luiz Chaves and Filipe Oliveira, they moved the vibe from dirty sex to dirty house music, directing the path of their hip brigade of party people towards the morning light. Having just marked their 50th edition, it doesn't look like they're ready to pull the plug for a while yet.

Diogo Reis and Eduardo Christoph are the two men behind Moo, the seven-year-young occasional club night that always manages to cause a stir whenever a new event is quietly snuck out to the world via their website. The theatre space Espaço Franklin in Centro is the spiritual home of the party that has seen the likes of James Murphy, Horsemeat Disco, Todd Terje and Ellen Alien grace the decks, but they also like to roam, returning to Jardim Botanico for a series of hugely successful nights in late 2010, before playing Morro da Urca in February 2011.

Mauricio Lopes has been a face on the Brazilian electronic music scene since 1992 when he first turned on crowds to his melodic techno sound, before curating the legendary 'OOps' parties for more than a decade. Nearly twenty years on he is still rocking parties across Brazil, but his intimate 'Trust' bashes at Dama de Ferro on the border of Ipanema and the Lagoa are the best places to catch a set, subtly working the loyal following into a frenzy until sun up.

DJs Rafael RM2, Gustavo Tatá e Rafael Droors have commanded the decks at Menos since the end of 2010, bringing together an impeccable setting right under the arches of Lapa and some of the best underground music you are likely to hear anywhere in the city. Their first foray across the border to São Paulo was a big success, and it looks like we'll be hearing a lot more from the Menos boys.

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors

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