“Perhaps we should use the sun, not only as a giver of life, but as a cipher of presence and focus, a centre point to escape the frenetic pace of modern life and a metaphor to always inhabit our own space, regardless of the insanity that surrounds, to become balanced and calm like the mirror-still sea that sits below this ever glowing presence that draws us back time and time again to this Island of infinite possibilities.” Mark Barrott on his experience playing at Hostal La Torre.
Hostal La Torre gives no credence to the celebrity culture that exists elsewhere in Ibiza. Once through it's doors, the sun is the only star, as La Torre strives to protect the intimacy and magic that Ibiza was built upon. Those who witness its jaw-dropping sunsets and experience their eclectic and pioneering music policy will tell you there’s no place like it.
Last year saw La Torre launch the first edition of their compilation, which went on to be named one of Resident Advisor’s top 5 mixes of 2016. Compiled by Mark Barrott and Pete Gooding, both integral to La Torre’s musical identity and the wider Balearic scene. Pete Gooding holds over three decades of experience as a DJ, including over twenty years soundtracking sunset at the notorious Cafe Mambo in Ibiza, while Mark Barrott has become the face of Balearic, featured in the Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR and The Fader for his sublime productions and forward thinking International Feel label.
The mix includes obscure and much coveted material from the likes of old veterans Vangelis and John Barry, through to a new generation of musical eccentrics such as Lord Of The Isles, Tornado Wallace and La Torre’s own Mark Barrott with an exclusive track. It skirts the outer peripheries of oddities to reimagine what is considered du jour, resulting in a charmed and esteemed choice of music that reflects the audience of La Torre - a cosmopolitan, original and radical set from all walks of life.
“Our hope is that even if you haven’t yet visited us at La Torre, this collection of music will help you on this journey and if you have shared the majesty of the sunset with us, we hope it will transport you back to that glorious moment when the stillness and feeling of connectedness is so joyous it’s almost overwhelming.”
Tucked away in a secluded spot on the west coast of the island, Hostel La Torre reinvents the Balearic spirit pioneered by Alfredo Fiorito at Amnesia and José Padilla at Café del Mar in the early 80s, carving the footprints of a new and inspiring avant-garde scene in Ibiza's next chapter.
Hostal La Torre Recordings
La Torre Numero Uno Compilation sampler: https://soundcloud.com/hostallatorrerecordings/la-torre-vol-1-mini-mix
|Dip in the Pool - On Retinae (East)|
|Ishi Vu - Tema Perr Malva|
|Oumou Sangaré - Diya Gneba|
|Fuga Ronto -L`Uomo Invisibile|
|The Duritti Column - Otis|
|Lord of the Isles - Expansions|
|Marvin Franklin - Kona Winds (with Kimo and the Guys)|
|The True Underground Sound of Rome feat. Stefano Di Carlo - Secret Doctrine|
|(DON'T ASK) - Clocking Off|
|Tornado Wallace - Today Feat. Sui Zhen|
|Vangelis - Abraham's Theme|
|Pitto - Finding|
|Dario Domingues & Tupac Amaru - By The Round Lagoon|
|John Barry - Midnight Cowboy|
|Mark Barrott - What About Now ? (Storm Clouds over Cap Negret)|
|Blue Gas - Shadows From Nowhere|
|Eric Serra - Learning Time|