I’ve never understood why Layo & Bushwacka are considered tech house. In comparison to artists like Swayzak or Nathan Coles, the duo are not as subtle or as esoteric, and use break beats as their base more often than not. Their new full-length Night Works is inconsistent in both style and quality, but when it’s good it’s really good. Normally known as slaying DJs, Layo & Bushwacka are pushing their wares via a live p.a. this time out. Thursday @ 11, Discotheque, 17 W 19th, 352-9999.
For a hot second, you couldn’t move without running into someone sporting a T-shirt with a weird little ghost icon. The folks behind the tees are Ghostly International—a label based out of Detroit that released Disco Nouveau (one of the better electro/no-wave comps of the last year). DN didn’t feature the same 10 tracks as the other bandwagon hoppers, and instead brought recognition to formidable talents like Adult and New Yorker Danny Wang. The label has a mini-showcase this week at Static with some of its homegrown talents, including Tadd Mullinix, Midwest Product, Matthew Dear, and Dykehouse performing. Wednesday @ 10, Filter 14, 432 W 14th, 366-5680.
It’s ironic that Neosubversive, a new electro weekly whose participants “say no to commercial techno!” is paired with GBH at Centro-Fly (two of the most commercial entities in New York’s club scene). Ah, well, so much for that. Nevertheless, a chance to see Ectomorph (a/k/a Brendan Gillen) spin is always welcome. In Miami, Gillen combined his laptop with the turntables, remixing disco tracks like “White Horse” and “Erotic City” with beats of his own making. Hot! And new New Yorker Magda provides minimal-beat pleasure all night long. With the Hungry Wives—the group responsible for the best satire on clubland’s state of disgrace. Friday @ 10, Pinky Room, Centro-Fly, 45 W 21st, 627-7770.