" We’re not sure exactly how Denis Sulta came to be dubbed “Glasgow’s man of the year”, but as he was behind two of the most essential 12″s of 2015, we’re not going to argue. "
Whether you’re basing it on tweets or ticket sales, Hector Barbour aka Denis Sulta is currently flying high. In a year, he’s gone from playing mostly local show to touring his own party brand, Sulta Selects, around 15 cities in the UK and Ireland, racking up guest slots at the likes of Space Ibiza and The Warehouse Project along the way. He finished 2016 as the highest new entry in RA’s annual DJ poll, sandwiched between Joseph Capriati and Laurent Garnier at #26.
Barbour is a skilled DJ who plays with a lot of heart. Starting off as a room 2 hip hop DJ for us 4 years ago and even working part time at Cab Vol’s sound tech Sulta was ever committed to the cause, but it’s his music that has catapulted him into the spotlight. Nein Fortiate / Dubelle Oh XX will be his fourth solo EP as Denis Sulta, following two on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and one on Numbers. (He’s also put out an EP on Mister Saturday Night under his darker, grittier Atlus alias.) As Sulta, Barbour makes catchy house bangers powered by striking synth melodies. Occasionally, there are larger-than-life vocal samples. This might not sound extraordinary, but on a dance floor his tracks turn heads, the kinds of sounds that have clubbers scrambling for the video record button on their smart phones. Or simply bursting into tears.
Barbour’s music has also had heavy play from house and techno tastemakers like Four Tet, Ben UFO, Skream and BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. “He’s a real true talent coming through, especially in a world of throwaway paint-by-numbers sorts of music,” Oliver Jones, AKA Skream, told me. “His stuff really stands out. Not just the actual sound of it but the content as well. There isn’t really anyone on his level at the moment.”
- 02/08/2017: Denis Sulta releases Dubelle Oh XX (JVIP) on Sulta Selects