Spaniard David Tort’s love for American house music has a soulful flavour heard on this mix for Nervous Records, the latest in their series of major DJ showcases and taking the baton from Tom Stephan’s selection. This year Tort has celebrated becoming a resident at Miami’s Space and has a fair few firsts to his name: he’s the first DJ to be sponsored by Nike together with being the fist (and only) DJ to be invited to play at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills. Here he provides evidence he’s got a musical ear that has earned these privileges with a varied tune selection that’s solid if unspectacular.
Never really feels like its capturing the party spirit of a house night.
Tort’s mix begins with a couple of slow-build tunes, “Initiate” and the aptly-named “Ibiza Sunset” ahead of his own remix of Gui Boratto’s “No Turning Back” which gives a big hands in the air moment and signals an shift towards more uplifting house. He then falls into an unfortunate blip with a couple of gimmicky tracks disrupting the flow. First Jan Solo’s “Un Tabaquito Con Ron” gives a cheesy salsa feel then Winx’s “Don’t Laugh” featuring a chuckle designed to be infectious becomes far too annoying to sustain a dance tune — it’s like a clown laughing in your face as you try to throw shapes.
He reclaims interest with the MYNC, HCCR and Jose Nunez collaboration “Boogers” which pushes into a vibrant final five tunes which go from samba drum beats into full-pelt dancefloor stormers from Sunthic Genius, Ramon Castells and David Tort’s own “7Eleven”. Tort does a good job of giving a range of house sounds an airing and finishes strongly, but as a whole this is likely to be a soundtrack to a chilled afternoon in the garden than a CD that gets you in the mood for a big night out as it never really feels like its capturing the party spirit of a house night.