She Make Me Feel (Like I Never Sinned) - (7:28) 122 BPM
Ruffgarden is Sulta's second release on Scottish label Dixon Avenue and it is very much in keeping with the imprint's quest to put out 'raw shit'. In this instance, it's mainly music inspired from 90s house and techno. "She Make Me Feel Like I Never Sinned" is a drum-heavy affair littered with samples - including sax stabs and Middle Eastern motifs - alongside nifty filtering. "Duh Yuh Luv Meh" is more pacey and combines the skipping rhythm of 2-step and a repetitive vocal sample. Best of all though is the title track, where Sulta unites the steely rhythms of Mark Broom with the widescreen synths of Carl Craig for a euphoric techno workout.
Whilst Marquis Hawkes is off being wooed by the likes of Creme Organization and Houndstooth, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams keep their sights squared on the lesser known names with their latest release a debut for Denis Sulta. Apparently an alias for a long time friend of Glasgow institution Rubadub, Sulta's cuts have been soundtracking the summer sets from the DABJ label bosses, Jackmaster and JD Twitch and the chance to scoop them up should not be missed. There's an element of cheek present from the off here, with the mangled treatment of an Oliver Cheatam classic on "Saturday Nite" our personal favourite.
It only seems like a few months ago that Dixon Avenue Basement Jams appeared out of nowhere, brandishing some brash ghetto-flecked house business from some unknown called Marquis Hawkes on a vividly colourful debut. But look here the Glaswegian label are racking double figures on the DABJ cat no scale and celebrating in requisite fashion with some fresh hotness from the now Berlin-based Hawkes housed in a label tote bag. Having established a sound across his previous DABJ releases, it's nice to see Hawkes try and succeed with something a bit different here. Lead cut "Honey Kisses" is on a blessed carnival tip and pushed forth by some killer broken beat programming, whilst "Let's Do It" is an ascendant slab of piano-flecked boogie house. Face down and "House Is My Castle" is more familiar MH fare, slipping into 303rd gear for some hollowed out acid house whilst "Roger Funk" is on a killer freestyle tip.