An epicentre of some of the most prolific artists, labels and selectors in house and techno, Glasgow’s latest offering, Denis Sulta, soundtracks the close to another prosperous year for Scottish music. A talent brewed in the depths of world-famous institutions like Sub Club and music havens like Rubadub, Sulta has already shown us what he’s made of with two twelve inches for the city’s Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Now his ubiquitous but enigmatic track ‘It’s Only Real’ is finally set for release on Numbers, after being peppered in sets like a subliminal advertising campaign. Now we’ve heard the track in full, the message is understood: Denis Sulta is only just getting started.
There’s an ethereal feel to the track, as if it were the product of a troubled, stormy sky, yet it remains grounded by Sulta’s attention to the percussion. With a backbone of shuffling hats and an unrelenting kick providing a rigorous pulse, the intricate melody takes centre stage. As a result, it offers everything a peak-time track demands: the celestial climax to make you feel weightless, the heavy kick to pull you back down.
‘It’s Only Real’ is released on vinyl and digitally in early December.