Band of the Day

2014.08.08

Worthy

Paying reverence to classic house while exploring territories of euphoric, booty-clapping bass
Say what you mean, mean what you say, don't get lost in the words don't complicate.
lyrics from The Words

For the past two years Worthy has been locked up putting the final touches on his debut full-length album called Disbehave, out today on his own Anabatic Records. With an in-depth knowledge of production, mixing, and performance, Bay Area-based DJ and producer Sean Worthington Williams has had the ability to both play for his audience while cultivating positive energy on the dance floor. From salty aired islands to dark club basements, over the past 10 years, Worthy has paid reverence to the traditional form of classic house while tripping off the mark and sinking into the euphoric less-charted territories of booty-clapping bass.

Growing up in Washington DC, Worthy was inspired by the early American rave scene. In 2001 he teamed up with Claude Von Stroke and Justin and Christian Martin in San Francisco, becoming one of the four founding fathers of the now-classic Dirtybird park parties. Worthy’s breakout track, "Irst Te," released on the Dirtybird label in 2007, quickly established his notoriety as a producer, and since then has been instrumental in the evolution of the "Dirtybird” sound.

You will find some homage to the Dirtybird sound on tracks like "I Get." But this album departs from his usual booty tech beats, into a broader sonic experiment as he forges new alliances with future bass, downtempo, and deep house. The upcoming album is a genre-defying rebellion against house music's status quo, with Worthy refusing to be be caged in with his colleagues. Breaking down rules and boundaries, he's sought to set himself apart from the mundane world of expectation, striking out to release something unexpected. Liberated and unchained, this album is the ultimate expression of his being. You can hear the broadness and complexity of sounds on tracks like "On The Floor" with its heavy bass, to the beauty of swelling chords and swirling vocals on tracks like "The Words."

Reminiscent of the early days of the electronic music that were less imbued with genre stereo-typing, Disbehave is an emotional departure into a cavern of atmospheric rhythm, eluding to the many moods of the dance music sphere.