GRIME

                                            The British easily adopted American house music as though it were their own, 
                                            but it took them a bit longer to get a grip on hip-hop. In the last few years, 
                                            grime has burst out of the housing projects street culture and onto the 
                                            airwaves, first through pirate-radio live broadcasts and now on major labels. 
                                            While it resembles hip-hop, it's a spin-off of U.K. garage, a hyperactive 
                                            version of drum 'n' bass. Combining jungle production with hip-hop attitude, 
                                            Jamaican dancehall-style MCs and raw electronic sounds, grime is a sensation 
                                            in the U.K. and in hipster circles in the U.S., but not yet something easy to 
                                            find in clubs or record shops. Which makes sense, considering its vicious tempos
                                            were designed to make it hard to dance to, thereby keeping it underground. 
                                            Grime culture subsisted on pirate radio and DVDs of live sets sold on the 
                                            streets during its genesis. But in 2005, many of the big names have released 
                                            acclaimed debuts overseas, and grime's biggest female star, Lady Sovereign, 
                                            is poised to drop her solo album stateside on Island Records.
                                            Events: Grime!, first Mondays monthly at Lava (859 N Damen Ave, 773-772-3355); 
                                            Scared to Dance, second Thursdays monthly at Liar's Club (1655 W Fullerton Ave, 773-665-1110)
                                            Promoters: The Opaque Project
                                            DJs: Johnny Love, Atomly, Ian Hicks, Autobot
                                            Artists: Lady Sovereign, Kano, Wiley/Roll Deep Crew, Dizzee Rascal
                                            Records: Run the Road Volume Two CD/DVD drops January 24, 2006, on Vice;
                                            Lady Sovereign "9 to 5" CD single; Roll Deep, In at the Deep End 
                                            (import Relentless); Kano, Home Sweet Home (import WEA)

                                            BAILE FUNK

                                            Baile funk isn't really funky at all, in the musical sense of the word. 
                                            It's more closely related to the Miami bass of 2 Live Crew, which landed in 
                                            Rio de Janeiro in the '80s and mutated over time on that city's north side. 
                                            Locals added rapping in street-lingo Portuguese, and traditional melodies to 
                                            thick drum-machine beats. The result: repetitious, gritty, working-class party 
                                            music that's livelier than anything else going. In Rio, baile funk is the sound 
                                            of the favelas (slums). Every weekend, hundreds of giant balls (bailes) are 
                                            held in the shantytowns and downtown clubs, where the bass rumbles tens of 
                                            thousands of partiers. It's also real gangsta music: Gunplay at funk parties 
                                            is not uncommon. Fernando Luis Mattos da Matta (DJ Marlboro) is considered the 
                                            godfather of the scene, and he's produced much of the baile music, which is 
                                            rarely released on CD in Brazil. Relatively few baile funk records have ever 
                                            been pressed, either, as Brazilian vinyl is notoriously shoddy. So DJs like 
                                            Marlboro are more likely to tote minidiscs of their favorite tracks around. 
                                            There are a few good mix-CDs and compilations on the racks right now.
                                            Super DJ of the moment, Philadelphia's Wesley Pentz, a.k.a. Diplo, has 
                                            probably garnered the most ink for bringing the homegrown party music of 
                                            Rio to hipsters, bloggers, DJs and one London-born Sri Lankan rapper (M.I.A.). 
                                            Diplo's talent for welding together everything from Brazilian booty beats to 
                                            original riot-grrrl punk is exemplified on his upcoming Fabric mix-CD, and he's 
                                            reportedly making a documentary of the scene this year. Events: We don't know 
                                            of any exclusively baile funk parties in Chicago, but the more eclectic and 
                                            worldly the DJs, the more likely it is they'll sneak baile funk into their sets.
                                            Events: Scared to Dance, second Thursdays monthly at Liar's Club
                                            Venue: Funky Buddha Lounge (728 W Grand Ave, 312-666-1695)
                                            DJs: Rene and Jen Booty at Funky Buddha
                                            Artists: Philly's Diplo is the U.S. welcoming committee for baile. 
                                            DJ Marlboro comes to Chicago October 28 and 29, at Sonotheque and the MCA.
                                            Records: Slum Dunk Presents: Funk Carioca, mixed by Tetine and the Brazilian 
                                            Beats series (Mr. Bongo, U.K.); Favela On Blast: Rio Baile Funk 04 (Hollertronix) 
                                            mixed by Diplo; Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats (Essay Recordings). 
                                            Dusty Groove (1120 N Ashland Ave, 773-342-5800) also stocks Colors: Rio Funk.

                                            BOOTY HOUSE

                                            Closer to home, the sound on the street and at South Side house parties is booty.
                                            Booty house occupies fertile region that lies somewhere between hip-hop, Miami 
                                            bass and straight-up house music. You're more likely to hear it booming from cars, 
                                            boomboxes and apartments than in clubs. Or you'll notice closely related genres 
                                            surfacing: Booty bass was recently harnessed by Missy Elliott on her "Lose Control" 
                                            single and ghetto tech peaked a few years ago with Detroit's DJ Assault, who 
                                            blended Detroit electro and booty bass in strip club-inspired tracks like 
                                            "Ass 'n' Titties." Chicago DJs like Major Taylor are playing the heck out 
                                            of Baltimore's triple-X anthems like Spank Rock's "Put that Pussy on Me." 
                                            But Chicago sports some homegrown producers of its own flavor, known as 
                                            ghetto house, which can be just as nasty. DJ Funk of "Work that Body" 
                                            fame has resurfaced recently, spins around town, and has a new album on 
                                            the way. Most locals stick to house parties. Shut down the PC part of your 
                                            brain and bounce.
                                            Events: Scared to Dance monthly at Liar's Club,
                                            Mamby on Wednesdays at Moonshine (1824 W Division St, 773-862-8686), secret house parties
                                            DJs: DJ Funk, Johnny Love, Major Taylor, DJ Pharris
                                            Artists: DJ Assault, DJ Funk, DJ Slugo, Scottie B., Sixth Sense
                                            Records: DJ Assault, Off the Chain for the Y2K; Boogaloo Michael Boyer, 
                                            Ghetto House Booty Tracks. Other records available at Gramaphone Records 
                                            (2843 N Clark St, 773-472-3683) and Hot Jams Record Store 
                                            (4814 S Pulaski Rd, 773-581-5267).