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BKI-17 :: Anabatic Special

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1. Worthy (dj mix)
[Dirtybird / Anabatic :: San Francisco]

2. Yankee Zulu (dj mix)
[Anabatic :: Belfast]

3. Worthy (interview)


Welcome, Worthy !

Sean Williams aka Worthy grew up around Washington DC in the early days of Deep Dish, Scott Henry and the early American rave scene. In the late 90’s after moving to New York City, he met good friend Justin Martin (eventually becoming flatmates for long years ;) ) and was exposed to the sounds of people like LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen and Sasha. These artists greatly influenced his early ear while the expanding dance music scene encouraged him to play records of all genres: from hip hop to breaks to techno and drum ‘n’ bass.

In 2001 Worthy moved to San Francisco. He set up his studio and began producing house and techno music and DJing around the city. He later conspired with Christian Martin, Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke to co-create a fresh take on outdoor parties, rightly named Dirtybird. The Dirtybird parties have quickly become an institution for San Francisco die-hards and a destination for international travelers.

2006 brought the launch of Worthy’s label, Anabatic Records. Originally intended as an outlet for the release of his own music, Anabatic soon branched out to take on new artists. The label has been providing a steady stream of high quality tech house and has been gaining the praises of top DJs and Producers around the globe for its edgy groovy sound.

In 2007 Worthy broke out as a producer with his release of “Irst_Te?” on Dirtybird, the “Crack El” EP on Leftroom, and the “Bass Quake” and “Mummer” EPs on Anabatic. As well as doing remixes for Curfew, OM, Utensil, and Tentigo Records. In 2008 Worthy released his underground hit “Work The Walls” and its accompanying music video has given fans a glimpse into the la la land of his mind. He followed this up with his “Madcap” EP and remixes on Lot49, Fresh Meat, and of course Anabatic. Worthy’s music production has been showing up on DJ charts across the world and has been played by everyone from Carl Cox to Sven Vath to Ben Watt.

With no signs of slowing down in 2009, IDJ Magazine called Worthy one to watch in the new year. This year he has already released the “Swing Chord” EP on Trapez Ltd, and has teamed up with label mate Yankee Zulu to release the “Bad Side” EP and the “BS Connection” EP on Playtime records, as well as their summer smasher “Concumbia” on Anabatic. With plenty more remixes and originals on the way and the continued growth of his label, Worthy is set to continue getting everyone working the walls!

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Worthy @ MySpace

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Welcome, Yankee Zulu !

John aka Yankee Zulu’s fascination with dance music started at the tender age of 14 when he acquired his first set of turntables and spent hours upon hours getting to grips with the art of beat mixing in Belfast.

He was first influenced by heavyweights like Carl Cox and Joey Beltram who were playing guest spots at the Hellraiser raves held in the Ulster hall in Belfast in the early nineties. On the local front influences came in the form of David Holmes and Ian McCready who ran the legendary SugarSweet parties. As a result of all this he quickly developed a love for all things house and techno, something that remains evident in his productions today.

He would religiously scour local record shops every weekend looking for the freshest sounds he could find, and bombard his friends with his weekly mix tapes. John regularly attended Timmy Stewart and Mark Bell’s Digital Boogie and Tsunami parties and got a real taste of proper electronic music by hearing what  guests like Chris Duckenfield, Hipp-E, Miguel Migs and Ralph Lawson were up to behind the decks.
Around the same time John (not to do things by halves) passed 6 mixes onto Shine and Stiff Kitten head honcho Alan Simms, resulting in a booking not long after. After a few stellar performances John was soon asked to become an official Shine and Stiff Kitten resident and put in performances across both venues, playing alongside the likes of Damian Lazarus, Andrew Weatherall, Freeform Five, Paul Woolford, Agoria, Green Velvet and many more.

Production was the next logical step so John experimented in the studio as the Sigma Kids, releasing two tracks on ISHO Recordings. It was later decided that he should go into the studio with Timmy Stewart to work on some music, which was promptly picked up by Silicone Soul’s Darkroom Dubs imprint, and so the Jet Project was born. Gaining more studio knowledge and confidence, John started his solo project Yankee Zulu, which leaned more towards his love of filthy jacking house sounds.  After sending out demos, a myspace friendship was struck up with Worthy, label boss of San Francisco-based Anabatic Records. His debut material dropped there in 2008, further tracks, remixes and collaborations with Worthy have since seen the light on Utensil Recordings, Om Records, Playtime and Anabatic.

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Yankee Zulu @ MySpace

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