5 J. Worra Remixes You Should Know
Oct 5, 2022
Ana Monroy Yglesias
4 min read
In terms of expanding her career as a burgeoning tech house DJ/producer, 2020 and 2021 were massive for small-town Illinois-born J. Worra. The Covid shutdown encouraged her to dive deeper into old-school Chicago house and further expand her sound and musical taste. It also gave her more time to remix other dance artists' tracks, including many big-name acts ala SIDEPIECE, SOFI TUKKER, and more opening her to wider, massive fan bases.
J. Worra has made waves with her joyful, fun-loving brand of tech house, and in her remixes, she brings those buoyant baselines and playful energy. She often keeps the mood and or vibe of the original track, but hypes it up for the dance floor, offering her blissfully charming energy.
Read on to hear and learn more about five of her best remixes of tracks from big artists including GRiZ and Wreckno, SOFI TUKKER, SIDEPIECE, Kyle Watson, and Kaskade, the latter megastar DJ who she remixed back in 2019.
1. GRiZ and Wreckno - Medusa (J. Worra Remix)
in June 2020, GRiZ paired up with Wreckno for sassy, sultry heater “Medusa.” A few months later, J. Worra dropped her bouncy, high-energy “Medusa” remix, launching it from space bass to tech house. Wreckno’s confident raps still slay on her version, as well as the memorable “ahhhh, ahhh aaah” vocalization, as the increased BPM and kick sends the mood straight to the rave.
“Griz sent me ‘Meduza’ to remix. I wasn’t sure how the release would pan out. You never know with remixes what’s gonna catch on. I’ve actually never met Griz, but I have so many association relationships, and I think that remix just opened me up to a new crowd,” J. Worra told Gray Area in 2021. It was one of her many successful releases that led to more remix opportunities.
2. SOFI TUKKER and Tuck's Dad - Larry Bird (J. Worra Remix)
On her most recent remix, J. Worra takes SOFI TUKKER's tribute to famed basketball star Larry Bird and Tucker's dad and gives it a splash of fitting Dirtybird-esque energy. On both versions, Tucker, his father, and Sophie's voices celebrate the unstoppable energy Bird brought to the court. Worra slaps some handlebars on her remix extending the song by 37 seconds and adding her signature tech house bounce to the bassline.
3. SIDEPIECE - Acrobatic (J. Worra Remix)
"Acrobatic" is one of SIDEPIECE's—aka Party Favor and Nitti Gritti—big tracks of 2021. J. Worra's version makes it even more apt for a big drop main-stage festival moment. Both versions are high energy at about the same BPM, and were fittingly dropped on Insomniac Records in October 2021. Her version has a bit more of a roller and has a slick addition of a catchy, distorted vocal that sounds like it's saying "push it." This remix reminds of J. Worra's impact in tech house and her ability to shake up a dance floor.
4. Kyle Watson - My Level (J. Worra Remix)
Powerhouse U.K. dance duo Gorgon City have taken note of J. Worra's ability to set off the dance floor and tapped her for a handful of original releases and remixes on their impactful REALM Records imprint dating back to 2020. On South African producer Kyle Watson's 2020 heater "My Level," the rising tech house queen adds a big dose of bounce and shuffle to bring the track to a new and different level.
5. Kaskade and Madge - Tight (J. Worra Remix)
In 2018, Kaskade dropped Redux 003, 18 tracks from his beloved Redux project that celebrates and nods back to his earlier sexy Chicago house-influenced house sound. It featured catchy single "Tight," propelled by confident vocals from Madge. Back in January 2019, he dropped a remix package of the icy cool track, led by J. Worra's energetic reimagining of it. It's sultry and vibey and perfectly combines Kaskade's slick production with J. Worra's ear for big fun and bouncy energy. The big-deal remix came off of a big 2018 for her, when she got to showcase her fitting sound at big dance festivals like Lightning in a Bottle and Holy Ship.