From Baile Funk to Throat Singing, Justi Makes Fusion Work
Name: Leo Justi
Where he’s from: Rio de Janeiro
Genre: Brazil ghetto beats + electronic + hip-hop + moombahton + kuduro = Heavy baile
When he started: 2010
Most like: Diplo, Zuzuka Poderosa
Sounds like: High-grade ayuasca
At a time when global bass is wooing producers the world over, pure inspiration is hard to come by. Then there’s Leo Justi: born, raised, and living in Rio, inspired by the sounds of the favelas, creating a fusion all his own, and making his sexy-booty remixes heard around the world.
Fusing countless global sounds and very palpable Brazilian street beats and folk samples, Leo has remix skills that pack satisfying dance floor punches. His recent take on M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” made it onto the UK/Sri Lankan diva’s remix EP, putting him on the same tracklist as Azealia Banks and Missy Elliott. The alternating tinny baile funk and dirty south beats had the blogosphere suddenly using Leo’s original term, “heavy baile,” which seems to mean: a little bit of everything + hard + dark + Brazil.
For some early day Justi, hear the remix of Savage Skulls that put him on the map.