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Pesto 011R: Sandra Lima - Higher (incl. Justin Michael & Torin Rea remixes) excl. on Beatport

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After the original release of Sandra Lima's "Higher" on Pesto 011 received lots of raving feedback, airplay and CD compilation placements, we thought it was about time to give you the second remix pack.

Pesto 011R comes with another bunch of amazing remixes, complimenting the original release very well stylewise. Remixers here are Hermosa's Justin Michael who recently gained a lot of attention through his production and remixing skills, making his tunes a staple for any club-oriented DeepHouse DJ. Justin delivers a pushing and edgy DeepTech mix, including an instrumental version.

Jon Silva's Clap Clap Mix is pure club madness and will make your audience shake what they got. Prepare for an armageddon-like break down - if you prefer the tune with or without Sandra's vocals is up to you.

Torin Rea of West Coast Collective is a fresh talent, also based on the US West Coast. His Soul Rub is pure funk, the Motown vibe gives a great debut for Torin on Pesto who adds the typical left coast flavour to this release.

For all you acapella addicts, we've also included the vocals backed up by the infectious little groove from the Clap Clap Mix.

Pesto 011R by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport.


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Chart stormer: Sandra Lima - Higher [update]

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After "Higher" is being featured on the Traxsource Essentials podcast, people were quickly becoming aware of the great summer vibe.

Meanwhile, Sandra Lima's release made it up to #33 on the Traxsource charts. Pesto 011 is also quickly making up chart positions on Juno Download: currently on #35 in the Funky/Club House subgenre and on #90 in Juno's main charts!

[update: #20 on Traxsource, #9 on Juno's Funky/Club House and #19 on the main charts]

As of now, a third shop is getting ready to take it it higher: Stompy has Jay-J's Shifted Remix entering the soulful charts on #62, the Back 2 House compilation [Open Bar] on #29, the original on #20 and Jay-J's Shifted Dub on #17.

Pesto 011 "Higher" by Sandra Lima is available on every major download store. Below is a selection of the most popular ones:

Traxsource.com
Juno Download
Stompy.com
iTunes Music Store
Beatport.com

Pesto 011: Sandra Lima - Higher featured on Traxsource Essentials podcast!

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After "Higher" entered the Traxsource charts on #93, we just learned that Jay-J's remix made it into the Traxsource Weekly Essentials podcast.

You can check out episode 61 here: Traxsource Weekly Essentials

Thanks to the Traxsource support, we're already gaining chart positions and Sandra Lima's "Higher" currently resides at #74 of the single charts. Thank you Traxsource and thank you fans!Happy

Pesto 011: Sandra Lima - Higher now available everywhere! [update]

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Today, we're not only happy to see the launch of the AppStore for the iPhone but we're also happy to announce that Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available on any major download store worldwide.

We received raving feedback from DJs all over, received club and radio airplay and already placed "Higher" on a couple of compilations - both download bundles and physical ones. Here's a couple of reactions (in no particular order):

Sebastian Davidson (NL):
This is a stellar release!!! Full support!

Da Funk (Acryl Music, Plastic City, Forensic):
definitly the mulder's deepest remix instrumentla for me. will play and chart fer sure!
love it!

Michael Fossati (spritiofhouse.com):
Thanks a lot for the promo, hope you like the review you can find at http://www.spiritofhouse.com/content/view/744/3/

Ric Mc Lelland aka Scope (UK):
thanks for sending jost!
nice ep..
the original is nice listening music.. good groove and sweet vocal..
your instrumental is what i'll be playing in the clubs thou!
nice deep house grooves there bro!

Chris Blenda (Energy 107.6, Greece):
I would like to thank you guys for your support and the special releases you send me ... Happy

Richard Earnshaw (Duff Note, UK):
Loving the Jay J dub on this…… top stuff.

Joan Ribas (Ibiza Global Radio):
Hey bro, simply amazign,.,, I just play it on my morning show few minutes ago and I have a very good feedback from the people… (jon silva’s is my mix)

Jay Tripwire:
really feeling the mulders deep dub..

Vince Lombardi (Durty Records, SF/USA):
Mulders rmx's of this track truly set the bar for futuristic house music. Its got top notch vocals and drums and ALL the elements are in there right place. I have been playing the Mulder rmxs out on my thursday night residency and it has demanded attention on the dancefloor everytime.

Franco Martinelli (housepage.net, ITA):
Awesome package, the Original mix is a solid soulful/funky affair, Jay-J provides an uplifting and fresh remix, while Jon Silva delivers a darker, deeper and electronic influenced remix for the main floor. Full support and review coming soon ! 

Steve K (Locked Groove/Fresh FM, Greece):
i would say its ur best release to date Jon..i will surey play most of the mixes out there , but i love all of them..such a pleasure to see Jay-j remixing for ur label good luck mate

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Pesto 011 "Higher" by Sandra Lima is available on every major download store. Below is a selection of the most popular ones:

Traxsource.com
Stompy.com
iTunes Music Store
Juno Download
Beatport.com

[update: Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima meanwhile entered the sales charts on Traxsource at #93!]

PestoCast 004: Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima - Higher

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Check out the fourth installment of our PestoCast series - this time with the amazing Sandra Lima from Los Angeles!

This one offers previews on all mixes of Pesto 011 that are way longer and in a much higher quality than you will find anywhere else. Versions featured here are the Original, Jay-J's Shifted Remix, Jon Silva's Club Mix, The Mulder's Deepest Remix and Jay-J's Shifted Dub.
As a special goodie, you will also find Jon's latest remix for the highly acclaimed Duff Note imprint: Orlando Vaughan - Better Than Never (Jon Silva's Take-A-Pella) in the company of DeepHouse lords Miguel Migs and Richard Earnshaw.

Hear yourself why everybody is going mad on our latest release - FMs, DJs, industry pros and music lovers all alike. Sandra Lima's Higher will knock you off your boots (or probably off your flip flops at this time of the year).

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Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport!

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Pesto 011: Sandra Lima - Higher (incl. Jay-J and The Mulder remixes)

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With huge support from House jocks, radio stations and tastemakers all over, we were able to place this massive summer tune on a couple of upcoming compilations already. Raisani Miami Sessions (Dubai), Ibiza Global Radio, Open Bar (NYC) and Clubstar (Germany) - they all had a reason to put "Higher" in their mixes.

Finally, Sandra Lima's debut on Pesto is happening and here are six reasons to look forward to the outdoor season: DeepHouse icon Jay-J contributes two smashing mixes, Jon Silva adds some mid-90ies flavour and The Mulder is pleasing us with his top-notch DeepTech sound. This is the sound of the summer 2008!

Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport!

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Defected, Pesto and the copyrights

Last night was quite a hot one as the posts about pulling Ricardo Torres' PestoMix off got you (and me) really upset. Well, the dust has settled and today, I received a message from Tony Garvey, Head of Promotions at Defected. I'm still unsure if they will keep to "seek compensation for this illegal usage" but Tony's email reads very reasonable and nice.

Please find his message including my replies (italic) below:

Hi Tony,

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply! Please find my answers below.


Hey Jost - hope you are well, We have had a few direct email as I guess you have sent out a mail to your members. I understand the promotional value of podcasts as we ourselves have a very successful one that has around 50'000 subscribbers - and it is not the intention to quash anyone's love for House music, on the contrary we are trying to bring the sound to as many new ears as possible. As you know the music industry as a whole is in decline, yet the accessibility of music is possible the strongest it has ever been due to the digital revolution, but unfortunately the 2 aren't working in tandem - people are hearing about music, but not buying it in the same percentage.


Fully agree with you here.

We are a business and yes our business is Music but we have to protect our catalogue and the rights on behalf of our Artists whom spend time and money recording it.


I do second that!

It is true that we can't chase everybody who uploads music or mixes, but where we have to opportunity we do ask them to remove its unauthorized usage (Ricardo could very easily remove the 2 tracks requested, replace them with 2 new tracks and the podcast need never of suffered).



That's exactly what happened now. There is no Defected material left in the PestoMix and the new version has been posted. If Ellie had sent me a message asking to take the tunes off, I would have done it (and, in fact, did) - it was rather the "we will seek for compensation" thingy that got me quite upset. I'm sure it wasn't some standard email that's being sent out whenever you become aware of "copyright infringement" as she used the contact form on pesto.de. I do understand your point of view here (as I expressed in my reply to Ellie) but we reap what we sow. Therefore I had to comment on that as much as Ricardo and many others had to.

There have been occasion we do allow tracks to be used, but this is with prior approval and the understanding of exactly where it is going and to whom it is targeting, something we would use in conjunction with the promotion of a release - remember I am a promoter of Music and I look at ALL opportunities.



Okay, that's at least a guideline for a possible future use of Defected products, especially for those who are not in direct touch with you.

We do also give away free music - 3 free downloads in the coming weeks for Fish Go Deep, DJ Fudge and Charles Webster, all very established producers.



That's great and highly appreciated! Pesto does the same btw with the Pesto FreeBees. Though our artists may not be as established (yet) as the ones mentionedWinking

I think that we are being unjustifiable targeted for just taking care of our business as the law dictates.



I have a different point of view on that one (especially as we're talking not just about copyrights but DJ culture as a whole). But as I replied to Ellie yesterday. I do see your point and indeed, I do accept it. Yet still, it's not that the law forces you to act like that - that's totally up to your decision. And sorry for repeating myself here but I want to be very clear about that: I do accept your decision. Happy

We are a small company that has a big reputation and it is our music and hard work that has created that not money.


And my guess is that people are aware of that fact and that is what gets them so upset. Like said above, I do understand your point completely but the image you leave with "normal" people (i.e. not working in the music business) is like you're behaving like a Major. And sueing your clients is not considered a good business model (I'm not saying you're doing so but it APPEARS like that). So it's pure surprise that one of the "good boys" apparently turned "bad" (from my and their perspective).

Once again it is not our desire to turn anyone off who has supported our label over the years, but the current climate is very different than it was even 2 years ago and the reason we are still here is because we care and we work hard.Hopefully you now understand a little of the story from our end, I am happy to discuss directly and will entertain any opportunities for us both to work together as ultimately we all have the same love and goals



Tony, after Ellie's message got me so upset, I'm glad to read your mail. You sound very calm and reasonable and as I said before, it never was my intention to point the finger on Defected for the way they're doing their business. An easy message (without the threatening part) would have done the job. I'm furthermore glad to having received such a quick reply from you that's putting things straight in a very nice way - thanks a lot for that!

In order to be fair, I suggest I'm publishing this correspondence between you and me (without the personal information, of course) so the House lovers out there can relax or at least decide on their own which point of view they will take.

cheers...Jost



Best Regards#TG


PestoMix 008 by Ricardo Torres - New & Improved

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[intro: please read about the reasons we had to change Ricardo's PestoMix] Imagine this: you're listening to some internet radio station and one of the DJs presented there really catches your attention with a very unique blend of US House. One day, you discover a tune in one of his mixes and the track list reveals it's a white label bootleg. You're now searching for this guy's web site, get in touch with him and he is more than just nice and puts the tune up his server. You are staying in touch with him, become online friends and it turns out that his wife is an amazing singer.

Sounds like a fairytale? It surely is, but that's the story how Ricardo Torres, Sandra Lima and Jon Silva got in touch.

So today is like a dream come true in several ways: first off, we are proud to present PestoMix 008 by West Coast Collective's Ricardo Torres. Below in the track list, you will also find Sandra Lima's brand new "Higher" which will be released in late April. The third dream come true is the fact that you'll have "Higher" remixed by House music legend Jay-J of Shifted Music. Here's the track list:

01. Manuel Tur & Dplay - Move [Compost / Z Records] (includes Akabu - Ride The Storm (Talkapella))
02. Rhythm Plate feat. Astral T - Inside Me [Hudd Traxx]
03. Julius Papp feat. Tonee Green - Primitive Future (Doruk Ozlen Mix) [Soulfuric]
04. Ta - Time (Original Extended Vocal Mix) [POJI]
05. Mirco Esposito & Tommy Mads feat. Andrew Robinson - Feeling (Club Mix) [Deeptown Music]
06. James Bryan - Beautiful World (Central Avenue Soulful Mix) [Barcoda]
07. Bongoloverz feat. An-Tonic - The Ministers (Classic Mix) [Soulfuric]
08. Bobby D'Ambrosio feat. Kelli Sae - Love Forever More, Amen (Fabulous and Jones Club Mix) [Soulfuric]
09. Shagman - Ring My Thing [Candy Town]
10. Groundholder - Do It 4 Da Love (Tommy Largo Mix) [Connected Musik]
11. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jay-J Remix) [Pesto 011]
12. Midnight Salsa - Deeper [Bueno Booty] (includes Jay-J - Latinesta (Acapella) [Moulton Studios]
13. Unknown - Cool Like X [Peaches]




Get your dose of West Coast madness, pure soul and early summer feeling here:
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Winter Music Conference

While everybody else is warming up for Miami and pushing out WMC samplers, we at Pesto will refrain from doing so. We prefer supplying you with excellent single releases on both Pesto and Traxx. "What's cooking?" you may ask - our answer will be an amazing release by Sandra Lima called "Higher".

Some of you might have heard the tune already but we'll release it in brand new versions and the "Higher" release will come with a huge bunch of remixes by some of the world's most famous artists. Pesto 011 includes remixes by House music's legend Jay-J and the usual suspects Jon Silva aka The Mulder. Pesto 011R will feature an amazing set of remixes by currently one of the hottest producers named Justin Michael, Thomas White of Natural Rhythm and West Coast Collective's very own Torin Rea plus a few more goodies.

Pesto 011 and 011R will be a true cross-Atlantic coop offering the very best in Deep House that's available on the planet right now. And, of course, we'll stick with the tradition of giving you the Pesto FreeBees, our hi quality MP3 downloads that you'll get for free. This time, we'll even offer you two free versions to download alongside the release of Pesto 011 and 011R.

On our sublabel Traxx Recordings, there's more hawtness coming your way: we're proud to announce that highly sought-after producer Da Funk from Switzerland's Acryl Music is having his debut on Traxx. After his "Electronic Love" on PestoLP002 (2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists) founds its way into the CD sleeves of countless top DJs from all over, Da Funk returns with another smasher. "Roasted" will be one of the tunes to watch out for this spring and it's surely going to be one of this year's Eivissa staples. Traxx 005 will also come with a nice set of remixes - read more about them here in brief.
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