Today, we have a special feature for the dirtybird-affiliated talent known as Worthy. He’s given us the premiere of his outstanding re-work of ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” that brings a striking bass-heavy ghetto-tech sound to the classic tune. Additionally, we’ve conducted a quick Q&A to catch up with him about his forthcoming releases, this re-work, and his other future plans. Have a listen below and check out the Q&A after the jump.
GDD™ x Worthy Q&A
Gotta Dance Dirty: GDD™ Interview tradition: what do you like to drink?
Worthy: I like spinich,blueberry, and banana smoothies in the morning, and Vodka Tonics at night.
GDD: What’s new?
Worthy: So much it’s crazy, lots of fun things on the horizon both in terms of my releases, and a tour I am putting together.
GDD: So you have an EP coming out on OWSLA on April 21st. How did this come about and what is it like?
Worthy: I just shot the guys at OWSLA some tracks I thought would fit in with their vibe, as a follow up to my Crickets and Joints EP from last year. They were into it, which was awesome. There are two track on it: “Hit Me” which has some hard bass with this old school break beat in the middle. The other track is “Secure” which has this kind of ragga feel to it, with a big epic break in the middle.
GDD: We just premiered this Wu Tang re-work of yours. Why did you choose that track and what does Wu Tang mean to you?
Worthy: I found this funk rework of Shimmy Shimmy Ya by the El Michaels Affair where there were some pianos and horns on there own and it got me thinking about how I could do a sweet remix with those parts. I tried to do it a year ago but did not get it going as I was totally preoccupied with producing my full length album, but I decided to try again this year and it just came together really smoothly. Like I said in my write up of the tune: I think since WuTang recently came out with new material, the energy was out there and the Shaolin came down and blessed me creatively. And yes, I seriously believe this. Wu-tang has had such a powerful influence on my generation and the hiphop movement in general, and I wanted to pay homage to that.
GDD: What can you tell us about your forthcoming album?
Worthy: I am super excited to get my album out and it will finally be coming out in June. It has been a two year journey of creation, locking myself up in my cave and really pushing myself in a way I never have before. It is definitely a bit of a departure, or rather I should say, an evolution of my usual sound, but of course it still has the flavor. The name of the album is Disbehave. I think I decided to call it that, because I was going against the grain of what is typically expected of me in my music, and just doing what felt right for me as an artist at the time. It has 13 tracks on it, varying from downtempo to deep house. But of course it still has some big bass tunes like most people know to expect from me. I really think people will enjoy it.
GDD: What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
Worthy: My team and I are working on putting together a nice tour around the album and then we are doing a big remix package of the album that will come out in the fall. I also have an EP on Safer At Night which is a new label from Curses that will drop in July. And as to be expected, I will have some more remixes to giveaway too, so keep an eye out for those.