Beyond the release of the two track EP ‘Hit Me’ this past April – 2014 has been awfully quiet for DIRTYBIRD frontman WORTHY; thank goodness that’s all about to change. WORTHY’s highly anticipated, full length debut album ‘Disbehave’ hits Beatport and iTunes on 6/10. The experimental, 15 track LP comes dance floor approved thanks to BBC Radio 1’s ANNIE MAC, complete with praise and parallels to fellow Dirtybird producer JUSTIN MARTIN’s ‘Ghettos & Gardens’s’. In 2001, the two paired up with Martin’s brother CHRISTIAN MARTIN and legendary CLAUDE VONSTROKE to form DIRTYBIRD records in San Francisco with a constant creative vision to break the mold of ‘mainstream’ house music. Between their ample shared success, busy touring schedules and almost cult like following - there’s simply been no looking back.
Whether it’s original singles or collaborations, over the course of the past decade, WORTHY has made a definite imprint in the scene and has been instrumental in establishing the label’s signature booty shakin’, bass heavy underground tech house sound. In 2011, he linked up with beloved UK deep house producer EATS EVERYTHING on the grungy, underground tech house jam ‘Tric Trac’ which landed firmly in the Beatport Top 10 for Tech House.
The two year project comes out on WORTHY’s label Anabatic Records (formerly Katabatic Records), but the breadth of his genre defying LP - from soulful vocals layered between seductive bass lines to industrial, tech house breakbeats befitting of a warehouse party - is an homage to late nights, dark dance floors and the entire Dirtybird family.
Starting with the intro ‘All our Souls’, the listener embarks on an emotive journey into a dreamlike oblivion, melting into the sultry, bedroom house jam ‘The Words’ featuring the ethereal AUDIO ANGEL expertly layered over a grungy bass line. The haunting, often ominously booming ‘Dark Bridges’ and ‘Burned’, a moody track with gripping vocals, turn the album towards the mysterious. All of this leading to the title track ‘Disbehave’; an eerily rhythmic, often dissonant tech house adventure that borders on industrial drum & bass.
As the name implies, ‘On the Floor’ featuring KEVIN KNAPP (Off, Hot Creations) begs the listener to boogie down, deep into the heart of the dance floor. ‘Infected’ guarantee’s you’ll stay there and the garage-infused ‘Dusted Smoke’ atmospherically wobbles in an equally delicate yet spooky fashion. ‘I Get’ and ‘Damn Fine’ both throw seductive spins on booming, deep house bass lines. The LP forays back into the grungy, warehouse beats starting with the gritty tech house banger ‘Handle It’ and then again with ‘Stars Attack’ a jarring, ominous and often times musically deranged journey strung together by a music mastermind, perfect for afterhours. Equally dark, ‘Luna’ is a bass ridden and otherworldly, leading into the anthemic ‘Free From The Night, and back into an outro of ‘All Our Souls’, which embodies the same relaxing trancelike state the album began with.
The official release party is this Friday, 6/6 at The Mighty in San Francisco; this is one Dirtybird affair you’d be crazy to miss out on. Following the show, WORTHY will embark on a tour across North America.
6/6: San Francisco @ Mighty (Get Tickets Here: DISBEHAVE RECORD RELEASE PARTY)
6/8: Beldon, CA @ Raindance
6/14: Weldon, CA @ Native Springs Oasis
6/28: Boston @ Prime
7/4: Driftpile, Cananda @ Astral Harvest
8/1: Brooklyn @ Verboteen
8/2 - LA @ HARD Summer
8/15 - Kasota Park, Idaho @ Heyburn
Keep tabs on the Dirtybird crew, the upcoming North American tour and all things Worthy through their websites and socials –