Housetrap podcast: Episode 21 by Kyka & Chris Mil

You probably know these two Estonians from our Pesto 010R release (then going by the name of JP & Kris Mil) and they have a superb podcast covering deep and techy House.

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Episode 21 features these fine tunes:

01. DJ Honesty, Sygaire - The Time Is Now (Honesty Perspective) / Room With A View
02. Deetron – Orange (Original Mix) / Music Man Records
03. Tony Lionni - Treat Me Right (Jimpster Edit) / Freerange
04. Hypnos - Ordinary Man (R-Tem Remix) / Deepology Digital
05. Ola - She Sings (Original Mix) / Save Room Recordings
06. Tom Middleton – Hypnotizer (Kyka Edit)
07. Oxia - Sun Step (Original Mix) / 8 Bit
08. Spin Science - Fog Patterns (Original Mix) / Cabrio
09. Ethyl, Huxley - Mother Tongue (Original Mix) / Tsuba
10. Bastards Of Funk - Rhythm (Liluca Remix) / Proton Music
11. Sebastian Davidson – Gaze (Soul Minority Deep Mix) / Dark Energy Records
12. Yofunk – Endless (Original Mix) / Loco Records
13. Chelonis R. Jones - The Cockpit (Ekkohaus Remix) / Systematic Recordings
14. Chopstick - A New Dub Feat. Fritz Kalkbrenner (Noir Edit) / Noir Music
15. 6th Borough Project - Miss World (Soultourist Remix) / Delusions Of Grandeur
16. Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (DF’s Attention Vocal Mix) / Objectivity
17. Lump - Lord Only Knows (Original Mix) / Brut!
18. Kyka – Roots (Original Mix)
19. The Invisible Planets - Lost In Vibes (Original Mix) / Fresh Fish
20. Shlomi Aber, Itamar Sagi – Blonda (Funk D’Void Remix) / Toolroom
21. Jon Silva - The Love In Me (Original Mix) / Conya Records

You can subscribe to their RSS feed, an additional iTunes link is also being offered on their page. Enjoy!

Documentary: Synth Britannia [update: vid unfortunately removed]

As posted recently via twitter, BBC4 has a great documentary on the evolution of british synth pop. If you're based in the UK, you can watch the episodes on BBC4's page - IPs from other countries are blocked for legal reasons.

Having watched the whole thing in parts on Youtube, I was happy to read at Kraftfuttermischwerk that somebody uploaded a full version to vimeo. The 90 minutes video is very thorough in detail and has some nice interview bits with the guys from Depeche Mode and Mute Records' boss, the guys from Human League, New Order and OMD to name but a few. There is also some original footage from "back in the days" of Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops, early DM gigs and other guys with fearless hair styles and make-ups. On a side note, it's interesting to see how Kraftwerk influenced so many of those later to be famous artists, especially considering the state of synth pop or synth music in general in Germany in those years *cough*

Must see for anybody into electronic music and its sources! Have a great weekend!

West Coast Collective - free download

Oh, and while we are at "free downloads": here's another one you definitely shouldn't miss!

My bro Ricardo Torres of West Coast Collective (WCC) fame has just posted a new mix on his page. WCC Radio is broadcasted via SSRadio UK, the mix is available in AAC and MP3 format.
Contained are lots of hi profile artists such as Jay-J, Yass, Oliver Desmet, Kerri Chandler and lots more.

click here for the download link and a full track list

Supermercado DJ mixes for download

Long time since our last update here - our bad.

What about some fresh DJ mixes for you to download in order to launch the "more frequent updates" season here on pesto.de again? Aight, here you are.

Esteban Nuñez and Niklas Paus, our Pestoleros from Stockholm have just dropped their Supermercado Autumn 09 mixes and they're well worth a download. Here's CD 1 by Esteban:

01. Oliver Koletzki ft.Juli Holz - Zuckerwatte (David August Mix)
02. Soul Minority - 100% Missing You (Original Mix)
03. Soultourist - Wild Cats (Original Mix)
04. The Pressure, The Quasar - Take Me Over (Gorge Mix)
05. Gamal Kabar - 4 Lally (Original Mix)
06. Doomwork - Fresh (Original Mix)
07. The Mountain People - Mountain008.1 (Original Mix)
08. Steve Lawler - Distrait (Nick Curly & Gorge Mix)
09. Arnaud Le Texier, V-Sexion - Funk some thoughts (Lemos Mix)
10. Bangana - Straight Lines (Kruse & Amp Nurnberg Mix)
11. Ozgur Can - Dust In The Wind (Original Mix)
12. Horacio - Taberna Del Funk (Original Mix)
13. Youandewan - 1988 (Original Mix)

click here to download the mix (direct MP3 link, you may right-click and "save as")

And here is CD 2 by Niklas:

01. Butane - This Is Your Brain On Music
02. Hatikvah - Synchronicity (Chopstick & Johnjon Mix)
03. Oxia - Sun Step (Original Mix)
04. Cascandy - One Front -(Original Mix)
05. Gaiser - Oolooloo
06. Kabale Und Liebe - Lost In Thoughts
07. Sascha Braemer - Puppeteer
08. Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Luechtoorn Remix (Dominik Eulberg Mix)
09. Cascandy - Two Front (Original Mix)
10. Transform - Transformation (Neumann & Styles Mix)
11. Till Von Sein & Tigerskin - I
12. Cagedbaby - Medicine (Radio Slave Medicine For The Soul Mix)
13. Alejandro Mosso - Somebody
14. Timo Maas - Bite The Dust (Simon Baker Mix)
15. Lemos - Kalooo (Arnaud le Texier Mix)
16. Samuel L Session - The Soloist
17. 2Raumwohnung - Wir Werden Sehen (Solomun Vox Mix)

click here to download the mix (direct MP3 link, you may right-click and "save as")

Hope you enjoy and make sure to add the guys on Facebook.

Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2: CD available on humpty.de [and on #10 of their CD charts]

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For the release of our latest CD compilation "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" [Pesto CD001], we have teamed up with humpty.de, the Mannheim based online store.

Humpty.de will be the only place (except Heidelberg's Bent Bar itself) where you can get the CD for the next few weeks until we will offer the compilation via pesto.de and other outlets, as well.

Humpty offers worldwide shipping, accepts major credit cards, PayPal and direct debit (Germany only). Make sure you also check out their other offers, they have quality CDs at reasonable prices.

[update: wow...that was quite fast - released just yesterday, "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" is already on #10 of humpty.de's CD sales charts. Thanks to Tobias at humpty.de also for the feature as "Hot Spot of the Week"! That surely helped a lot!

Find all related tweets and the video teaser for "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" on our video twitterwall or by performing a search for the hashtag #PCD001. /update]

Jon Silva on Crete August 2009

Without words...

Label showcase on Proton Radio

And another one you shouldn't miss:

Proton Radio has a Pesto label showcase since 27th July. You can tune in a 1-hour mix containing lots tracks from our compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto". Check it out & have a nice weekend (yeah yeah, you're missing the weekend vibe, right?)! ;)

Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2: CD Release Party

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To celebrate the release of "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2" [Pesto CD001], Pesto Music has teamed up with Bent Bar and the "Tangente" venue in Heidelberg, Germany. This coming Sunday, the 2nd August 2009, we'll be presenting the fruit of our labour.

The release party will kick off at 6:00pm, starting with a deep and sexy Jon Silva set, to be followed by Heidelberg's main man Twist and White Spectrum (aka Cooccer & Dennis Rossknecht) from Clear Recordings for full club madness. The Bent Bar guys have prepared some specials for you, so make sure you remember the password "Beautiful & Timeless" at the door.

We'll cover the event via Twitter, so watch out for the hashtag #PCD001. We have also set up a Twitterwall including the video teaser that displays all related tweets. Please use said hashatg if you want your tweets to appear there.

Here's all the details in short:

event: CD release party for "Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2"
date: 02nd August 2009
venue: Tangente
address: Kettengasse 23, 69117 Heidelberg/Germany
doors open: 6:00pm
admission: none/password
line up: Twist, White Spectrum, Jon Silva

See you on Sunday!

In the charts: Cooccer - Driftin'

Darren Holland, master of ceremonies at Baldeelox shows some support for our compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto". In his Traxsource hawtness for July 2009 (hey, it's still a few days left!), he's loving "this deep tech track to death", thus putting it on #1 of his charts. Awesome stuff, Darren - thanks bunches!

Here's the full chart on Traxsource.

Bent Bar presents Beautiful & Timeless 2: listen in hi quality!

You can even save the WAV file to your hard disk. Enjoy! :)

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If you thought we were lazy while not posting on pesto.de, you might consider this one here:

Weekend vibe: double feature

Since we missed to post some weekend vibes last week, here's your weekly dose of DP from pesto.de - have a nice weekend!



Recycled from our twitter stream

Here are some selected tweets from us:

- Chris Tomsett aka K-Bana delivers the deep goodness http://bit.ly/WJOD0 download his current mix!
- FingerBeat iPhone App | flylyf http://bit.ly/9huo5 that looks pretty awesome!
- Disclosure Project Recordings' Podcast: Label Showcase 1 (22-Jun-2009) ~ All-kinds-of music blog :) http://bit.ly/REZXS
- Moby Shows (Again) That Free Music Doesn't Cannibalize Paid Music | Techdirt http://bit.ly/1LEsR
- North Korean Beer Ad: Long, Weird, Full of Lies | The Big Money http://bit.ly/bgGc7
- hypebot: The 10 Commandments Of Music 2.0 http://bit.ly/fCbsW all 10 items: check (though there's room for improvement, of course)

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Partners with Pesto Music: Proton Radio

In an effort to promote our current compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" to a broader audience, we recently have teamed up with Proton Radio. We have bought banner ads that quite some people have already noticed and clicked according to our stats.

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As a further result of this partnership, we have become a featured label on Proton's web site with our Pesto logo shining there in full glory. On top of that, Proton were so kind to add a couple of tracks to their daily rotation schedule. Being asked for radio edits of their choice, we provided them with the following tracks from "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto":

Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame
El Presidente - 7Daze
Replika - Inner Visions
Christian G. - Deep Reflections
Allovers - Special 4
Fady Ferraye - Amman

If you tune in to Proton Radio frequently (and we recommend doing so), you'll be presented with these exclusive versions of the 2.0 gems.

Proton Radio will also feature Pesto Music with a dedicated label showcase in brief, expect more details regarding that one on pesto.de in brief.

Jon Silva @ Forum, Heraklion/Greece

Although the recent days have been warm (humid though) here in Cologne, the weather has changed to the usual grey, rainy and cold Cologne setting. What's better than flying to a place where it's warm? Yup, playing a gig on the lovely greek island of Crete. And this is exactly what I am going to do tomorrow.

The "Forum" bar celebrates its two years anniversary and has invited me to play a gig full of filthy and sexy House, Pesto style. Forum is located on top of the Talos Plaza, more details can be found on the eFlyer below or on the respective event page on Facebook (requires Facebook login).

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Hope to see you there & YAMAS! :D

Jon Silva DJ set on BestRadioDJ

Tomorrow from 09:00pm (GMT+3), I have the pleasure to submit a guest mix to DJ Falcon's Sound Wave show on BestRadioDJ in Kiev, Ukraine. Tune in while I'll be enjoying Crete (more details later today).

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Submitting your demo to Pesto Music

If you ever wanted to submit your tracks to Pesto Music, you would have different ways of doing so.

Many use our contact form and paste links to their demos there, some use yousendit, others contact us via our profile pages on social networks such as Facebook, twitter or myspace. We also accept CDs but with regards to the environment, we invite you to not involve a piece of plastic. There is just one no-go: attaching MP3 files to emails. These emails do not only clutter our mailbox but also increase the size of the mailbox file (and yes, it does have a limit). These emails go straight to the bin.

Today, we are adding another way of submitting your killer tunes: our dropbox on Soundcloud! It's free, easy to use, you can connect with other artists and labels and it looks pretty nice. We have added the Soundcloud dropbox to our imprint page (where you find our general demo submission policy).

For this news post, we had a copy made ;)

Send us your track

And now keep the smashers coming!

Recycled from our twitter stream

Here are some selected tweets from us:

- RT @aalaap @anaggh: If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.#tips ROFL!!!
- DJ Sets World Record For Longest Set » Synthtopia http://bit.ly/j08T8
- "Never argue with an idiot. He will lower you to his level and beat you with experience." too true, anybody knows the source?
- Russian Woman rapes 10 men. : worldnews http://bit.ly/GTTPd in soviet Russia & stuff rofl
- The Green Dam Phenomenon - WSJ.com http://bit.ly/3kOBGl Germany in line with China and Iran re web censorship, that makes me proud now:(((
- Lisbon's light-touch drugs policy http://bit.ly/B5Zqg
- morning tweeple! Facebook vanity name set: http://facebook.com/pestomusic - that's way better to remember;)

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Jon Silva Charts July 2009

Do you remember the time (no, not quoting Michael Jackson here!) when I used to post my DJ charts every month?

Lazy as I am when it comes to work like this, I've skipped a couple of *cough* months just to let you know that the charts are back! I've realized that people like this Top10 list of things and above all that, it's a good way to support all the friends and partners from labels that send me their music.

What's new: from now on, I will also post my monthly Top10 to my DJ profile on Resident Advisor.

Here are Jon Silva's charts for July 2009:
01. Solid Gold Playaz - Naked Next 2 Me [MindInfluence Music]
02. Fabien Kamp - Rotation [Acryl Music]
03. Damon Hatcher - Synopsis (Jonathan Grossman Remix) [2600 Records]
04. Fady Ferraye - Amman [Pesto Music]
05. GusGus - Add this Song (Gluteus Maximus Remix) [Kompakt]
06. Santos - Hold Home [Moon Harbour]
07. The Quasar & The Pressure Take Me Over [Readymix Records]
08. Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame [Pesto Music]
09. Poussez - Recurred [Pesto Music]
10. Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip [Pesto Music/USB de luxe]

Don't forget to vote for me on the DJ List. Cheers!

Weekend vibe: Mel & Kim - Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)

Have a nice weekend!

2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto: DJ Feedback

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Here is some DJ feedback on our latest compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" on Pesto LP005.

Amir Groove (Ibiza Sonica, Push FM):
I hate to do this, to say which one is my favourite as all of them are so brilliant, well not surprised at all, when I have all my fav artist under the same roof. For sure many of these track will be aired on both of my radio shows, on ibizasonica and pushfm.com Good luck guys and well done!!

Ric McClelland aka Scope (Urban Torque/UK): i really like the tracks by replika, poussez, jon silva, cooccer and fady though.. will play & support!

Martijn Hoffmans aka Phonic Funk (Pesto, Soulfuric, MN2S/NL):
as usual GOOD MUSIC! will play!
great release from pesto! Keep up the good work!

Christian Quast aka ARWID (BPitch, Boxer, futureaudio):
as usual Pesto delivers high quality tracks .... *****

Brian Tappert (Traxsource/Soulfuric):
Nice one, looking forward to working this hard for you. 

Lewis Ferrier (Reelgroove, Baldeelox, Farris Wheel/NL): Wow, what a way to start the day !!!!! This is some collection of the finest deephouse !!! Can really feel this !!!! Big Compliments, Will be in my favorites list for a while i guess. Thanks so much for sharing this with me Cheers, LF

Oz (UNITED COLORS OF HOUSE/UK):
Once again a fantastic selection of tracks from the Pesto Label. 'Enjoy This Trip', standing out the most for, closely followed by 'The One', 'Deep Reflection', and 'Amman'.
Danke for this awesome collection of promos.

Ralf Gum (Gogo Music/GER):
Some real nice tracks on here. Many thanks!

Si & Piers (Stereo Mutants/UK):
Damn cool album.. love it!! 9/10

Chris Blenda (Cyprus/GR):
House music forever :) i play for sure all the tracks this summer,
great work and thanks!!!

Joan Ribas Ferrer (Ibiza global radio/Hotel Pacha/Cafe del Mar): superb compilation with the best of pesto sound style.

Andy Bach (Young Society, Bonzai Music, Zaubermilch): fine selection of relaxing grooves. like this deep sound.
HD aka Marc (SSRadio UK):
drei worte "ich bin begeistert" danke für die tolle Musik [translation: three words "I am thrilled" thanks for the awesome music

Kire Cipurovski aka C-Pure (Bitola Clubbing/FYROM): so deep and so good all Ep is realy master piece i will play it for sure

Henri Kohn (Clubstar, Conya):
replika and poussez tracks are my favs.
full support.

Da Funk (Acryl/SUI):
awesome comp again. finally i can play the tracks jon already played in his sets for example the allovers one.
beside that, the tunes i'll definitely rock out are onur's, replika's the elpresidenteone, poussez's and the mark duffin one.
full support! great stuff, really

Dave Horne (Ministry (Gallery), Baroque, Guess Records/UK): Really nice collection of deep, chilled out grooves.

Kellilicious (SheJay/UK):
Great package. Lovin all tunes but Driftin' is the fave! Nice one! 

Bobi (Club FM Skopje/FYROM): Thanks for sending me,nice LP with excellent producer, pure deep house Full support coming from me!

MrCenzo (MidiDropMusic/UK):
13 solid tracks on this release for me but there was a few that stood out for me than the rest and they are..

El Presidente
Replika
Marc Cotterell
Pousezz
Jon Silva
Fady Ferraye

And i must say that my favourite one out of them all is "Fady Ferraye" - Amman.....   Top work on this but the whole package gets full support from me.... 10/10

Andreas Hansson (F12 STHLM/SWE): It´s way too long between the pesto releases. Mark Duffin is the track i like the most, perfect warm up track. Another favorite is Jon Silva -Enjoy This Trip a proper afterhour track. Favorite tracks are Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame Cooccer - Driftin' Poussez - Recurred Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip Keep it deep

Zach de Vincent (Paradigm @ Frisky Radio/USA):
12. Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
bout time this got released ;)

Tom Morgan (Alternative Route/UK):
Cooccer, Poussez and your track for me, nice package.  Don't suppose there's an instrumental of Enjoy This Trip doing the rounds?

Olav Belgoe (GER):
merci .... sound gefällt mir persönlich sehr gut!

The Messenger (Soul Industries/Night Drive Music/Plastic City):
Amazing compilation once again.We found here some really nice beats.Our favorites are Replica`s Inner Visions,Christian G`s Deep Reflectin(think thats the best one here for us) ,Onur Ozman`s Fallin Love and El Presidente`s 7Daze.Altogether great release.Full support comin from us.
 
Ariel Cybana (USA):
First track in this is smoking hot. I love the slow grooves in this track. Second track I felt that the highs were too high yet liked the feel of it as the track warmed up. I am feeling the Inner Visions track by Replika. It has a nice sexy tech house sort of groove. I dig it! Deep Reflections by Christian G is a sweet kinda sexy groover of a track. Would be a good intro or latter track. The same feel goes for the following track “Recurred” by Pourrez. I liked the last few tracks as well. 7.5/10

Nikos Ploumis (RepublicRadio.gr):
amazing job for one more time, supporting you from the beginning

André Kroenert (NightDriveMusic/GER):
This release is sooooooo hot. well done mate!

Feodor AllRight & Elena Mechta (AMDJS Radio Show/RUS):
Thank you for the promo! 
Amazing release. Great tracks on the board. This is Pesto! And this is fresh!
Here are feedbacks for the tracks, that we like most of all.

Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
Deep tech bomb. Rock it!

Alankara & Jazzy D. feat Neobe - The One
Ahhh... Amazing deep/lounge/jazzy tune...

Fady Ferraye - Amman
Great track for the coronation of deep set.

Christian G. - Deep Reflection
Yesss! Superb deep/lounge one. In the wallet.

Marc Cotterell - Project Deep
Sounds delicious. Will test for sure.

Cooccer - Driftin'
Goooood one. Rockin' one. Will play.

Count us in the support. 

Richard Earnshaw (Guess Records, Duff Note, Spiritchaser/UK):
Like Special 4.... very nice, just the ticket for a Spiritchaser set!

Bamo (Guess Records/UK):
Great to hear from you mate. Especially when you're sending me quality music like this.....
Had a couple of listens and my personal favourites are "Special 4", "The Man with no Shame" and your very own "Enjoy This Trip"......
Don't leave it so long next time...... I've missed ya!!

Kenny Gino (Solid Gold Playaz, Disko B, Kanzleramt, Loudeast/USA):
Thank you soooo much for this Jon!!
So much good music I don't know where to begin... listening to it the last couple of days and loving all of it!
Definately dropping some of these in the mix this weekend.

Graham Sahara (Seamless/IRE):
Theres some really nice tracks on here mate. I will be playing most of this album all summer long!
The highlights of the cd for me are the alankara & Jazzy D, marc cotterell, replica, christian g, Allovers are excellent and that’s not saying the others are bad, just these tracks are all excellent.
Thanks and I shall enjoy playing these a lot

David Endo (Deep & Dirty Radio LA/USA): Very good release. If I'd had it in my bag longer before the release date, I would have pushed it hard!!!! Good work guys

C&M Productions (truehouse.net/SUI): which is your most favourite mix: Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
Franco Martinelli (www.housepage.net, God IS A DJ Magazine/ITA): This is a very hot album, really like many of the tracks and the intense atmospheres of the full compilation. Deep and fresh music that spreads an infectious summer vibe.

Ashot & Garry (aka Salt Sweet, Low Flow Records/Armenia):
Thanks for this amazing package, all tracks are brilliant and it's really hard to concentrate oneself on one single fav. We'll definitely spin all of them a lot!!!

Chris aka K-Bana (Guess Records/UK):
Cheers for the album.. Its quality!!! Really like Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip and Cooccer - Driftin'. They are my two main picks from it!! Both deep and quality!! Full support will feature both in my new mix for July 2009..
Thanks again..

Daniel Kyo (Loudeast, Elevation/ESP): Amazing package! Will play much of this! Thanks!;)

R.I.P.

Clear Recordings label night

Tomorrow, the 26th June, the Clear Recordings guys Dennis Rossknecht and Cooccer have another issue of their monthly label nights.

If you're located in Heilbronn and around, make sure you come to "Fahrenheit - Le Club". The line up tomorrow is made up by the label heads, special guest this time will be Douglas Greed of Freude Am Tanzen fame. Doors open at 10pm.

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Dresden loses UNESCO world heritage status [update]

Oh, and another one linked to my childhood - this time concerning the city I was born in: Dresden.

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So the idiots in Dresden managed to get rid off their UNESCO world heritage status. The process to become one is actually pretty costly and takes years until approval. After unbelievable bombings towards the end of WW2, Dresden has been rebuilt over the years with the reconstruction of the "Frauenkirche" in 2005 being the highlight.

Dresden loses its status because of a bridge that's going to cross the river Elbe (not the one pictured), the related construction sites also destroy a nature reserve. And yes, there had been plans for a tunnel below the river.

May I mention that the cathedral of Cologne, where I reside currently (in Cologne, not in the cathedral, of course) is still on the list? Cologne win, Dresden FAIL.

[update: the only other country to lose its UNESCO heritage status ever is the emirate of Oman. They wanted easier access to their oil reserves and therefore drastically decreased the size of a nature reserve in 2007. Now, Germany is not only in line with Iran and China when it comes to internet censorship but also in the good company of countries that destroy their natural beauty and cultural heritage. Germany EPIC FAIL]

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Oldest musical instrument of mankind found in Germany

Coming across an interesting read on Munich-based sueddeutsche.de (in german language) this morning, I thought I'd share the news with you.

Archeologists around Prof. Nicholas Conard at the University of Tübingen have found what is supposedly the oldest man-made musical instrument on earth. Examinations reveal that the flute made of vulture's wing bone has its origins in a period of early civilization in Europe, named the Aurignacian. This period dates back 40,000 to 35,000 years BC.

The flute, along with more fragments of other flutes made from mammoth ivory and a Venus statue, was found in the Hohle Fels ("hollow rock") cave on the Swabian Alb, just around 100 kilometres from Stuttgart in southwestern Germany, where I spent most of my youth.

While sueddeutsche.de offers just one picture of said instrument, BBC news also have a sound example of the reconstructed flute. Apparently, the flute plays tones that are within the Pentatonic scale - a scale that's being found in traditional japanese and chinese music for instance, often referred to as "natural scale", too.

"Music could have contributed to the maintenance of larger social networks, and thereby perhaps have helped facilitate the demographic and territorial expansion of modern humans relative to a culturally more conservative and demographically more isolated Neanderthal populations," the scientists say.

But we all knew about the social powers of music already, didn't we?

2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto: now on #10 at Traxsource

After entering Traxsource's album charts last Friday and a short break over the weekend, people apparently have discovered the quality of our current "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" compilation.

We are aware of the fact that all tunes are not those easily accessible sing-along tracks, nor the kind of "run-after-a-hype" types of music. The deep quality and timeless outfit all tracks have in common require you listen to them a couple of times. And the more you listen, the more you will love it. That's our promise! But if you're a lover of Pesto Music, you have known this before.

Probably due to that, people just needed some time to listen closely before the beauty of all artists' effort got revealed and recognized. To make it short: we're on #10 of Traxsource's album charts today! Thank you!

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Pesto LP005: 2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto DJDownload.com player

We have just added a direct link to DJdownload.com and DJTunes.com on our micropage for "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto".


Buy & download dance music from djdownload.com

Weekend vibe: Ian Pooley - What's Your Number (Jazzanova Renumber)

Have a nice weekend!

Selected links #006

Colour and reality [via reddit]
Google asks "What is a browser?"
French Indie colelcting society sues YouTube (another lawsuit, we may add)
2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto (yeah, we had to...hehe)
the bomb that changed House music
turntable gets a makeover

2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto enters album charts on Traxsource

Our current compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" on Pesto LP005 has just been released a few days ago and is already entering the album sales charts on Traxsource. Currently on #45, we're convinced Pesto LP005 will make up more chart positions over the weekend.

We have set up a dedicated micropage for "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" with direct links to Traxsource and other download stores such as Beatport or Juno Download. If you would like to forward the link to your friends, feel free to use the short URL: http://bit.ly/2point0

Today is a good day to die...

...said civil rights in Germany.

60 years after the second democratic constitution on german soil, the Grundgesetz, was set in effect, a german government is about to pass a bill that will establish internet censorship in Germany.

Netzpolitik.org (web politics), a german-speaking page dealing with human and civil rights in times of global networks has an excellent roundup in english language of what's currently going on here. When I asked my grandparents how Nazi Germany could turn real and how it could happen that Hitler gained all powers in order to bring terror, war and mass murder over huge parts of this world, they told me "We did not know all that.".

Well, today, we "know all that" and we see what is happening, we are taking a stance against cutting off our civil rights. The thing is that the government tends to ignore us. Consider my belongings packed - if Germany is turning into a 4th Reich, I won't be around any longer. Since 9/11, governments in so called western countries have continuedly ignored human and civil rights, re-introduced torture and "brought freedom and democracy" to Iraq, Pakistan and the likes by starting wars.

Sorry if this sounds a bit drastic, but it's so ashaming that people here do not seem to learn from the past. And take it for granted that we signed the biggest petition in Germany's history, too.

Il y a aussi une version française.

Further websites are dealing with the issue, too:
TechDirt
Slashdot
BoingBoing

Pesto LP005: Beatport player


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Pesto LP005: Various Artists - "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" added to our releases feed

You can find the latest installment of our "2.0" compilation series in our catalogue section and our releases feed now.

Here's the track list:

01. Mark Duffin - The Man With No Shame
02. Cooccer - Driftin'
03. El Presidente - 7Daze
04. Alankara & Jazzy D. feat Neobe - The One
05. Marc Cotterell - Project Deep
06. Replika - Inner Visions
07. Christian G. - Deep Reflection
08. Poussez - Recurred
09. Onur Ozman - Fallin' Love
10. Allovers - Special 4
11. Mike Starr feat. Barca - Unstoppable (Natural)
12. Jon Silva with Djazz - Enjoy This Trip
13. Fady Ferraye - Amman

For further details, please see our catalogue section and the "2.0" micropage.

New tracks in our player: 2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto

We have just added all 13 tracks from our latest compilation "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" to our MP3 player. You can listen to all tunes in full length by using our player on the right side. Loading times may vary depending on your internet connection and server load. Enjoy!

If you like what you hear, feel free to forward our dedicated micropage to your friends and contacts. Thanks for your support!

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Pesto LP005: "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" micropage launched

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Accompanying the release of our latest multi-artist compilation on Pesto, we have set up a micropage for "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto".

You can reach the micropage by clicking on the respective tab above. We also offer a shortened URL via bit.ly's service which is useful not only for twitter: http://bit.ly/2point0.

On the micropage, you will find direct links to Pesto LP005 on your favourite download store. We're updating the list of shops daily once our compilation has been added there.

We have also added a small widget that enables you to post or email the link to the page via your preferred service such as myspace, facebook, etc.:

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Stay tuned for more news around our latest master piece!

Weekend vibe: Jamiroquai - Half The Man

Have a nice weekend!

Web radio recommendation: deepgrooveradio.com

There are days when I fire up iTunes while working on some office stuff and the music in my playlists just bores me. Don't get me wrong - it's all fine with my library, I just need some fresh, unheard music every once in a while after I got tired from listening to the Pesto releases for the 100th time (and I do listen that often to our releases, probably more).

Praise to the inventor of the internet - in times of widely available broadband connections, thousands of streaming web radios are in reach within one mouseclick. You will find any and every flavour of both full music programmes as well as spoken word and news shows. When anything else fails, I'm popping into a station with classical music and after some Beethoven, Dvorak or Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, I feel way better.

If you're aiming at electronic music regarding web radios, you will surely know the big fish that are serving our community for years such as Proton Radio, Frisky Radio, Di.fm, SSRadio, danceradio.gr and the streams of renowned stations such as the BBC, Ibiza Sonica, Ibiza Global Radio and so on and so forth.

By being active on a number of social networks, I come across new radio stations that I haven't heard of before frequently. And when I tune in, I'm often pleased with lovely sound and left wondering how come that I missed this particular station. Track after track reveals a great selection and taste in music, new tunes play along classics and the playlist reads like my vinyl box.

Today, I would like to introduce deepgrooveradio.com to you: it's a station I love to listen to when I'm writing blog entries, messing up databases, processing mail - all the jobs I don't really like but that need to be done. The music is far from being "elevator muzak"-ish, yet still, there are no tunes that are too annoying (I don't like each and every tune, of course).
"I don't want to try to suit anybody rather than to present a caleidoscope of our genre that changes every time you shake it." says Deep Groove's Martin Kazmirzak and hits bull's eye with this approach.

I have found their programming to be very grown-up but that's no wonder as Martin Kazmirzak, the guy who founded deepgrooveradio.com in 2008, has to offer more than 20 years of DJ experience. It's also probably due to the programming quality that deepgrooveradio.com was the first german radio station to broadcast Grammy nominee Jay-J's weekly show "Live from...". You surely remember Jay-J from our Pesto 011 release by L.A.'s hawtness queen Sandra Lima.

Their website is in german language but they offer translations for your country. What's also worth a note are the different ways you can receive deepgrooveradio.com: they offer streams for iTunes/WinAmp, WMP, a Flash stream and a dedicated browser toolbar. What stands out is DeepGroove's offer to receive their stream via your mobile - be it on Nokia Internet Radio or by installing an iPhone app - well done, guys!

Oh, and did I already mention that deepgrooveradio.com are huge Pesto fans? Well, now I did. ;)

I am planning to do an interview with Martin very soon. So, as long as you're waiting for that one to be published, enjoy the deep grooves of deepgrooveradio.com and make sure you connect with them on twitter.

Classic House tune: Lil' Louis - French Kiss

Hmm...another one from back in 1989 - seems we're somewhat stuck in the late 1980ies/early 1990ies. So what.

Here is House music's icon Lil' Louis, straight outta Chicago with French Kiss. A blueprint for many of today's House tracks still (aside from the moaning, the chords are just too wicked):



And believe it or not - the first time we got to hear this one, it was on Germany's public radio!

All Pesto vids on YouTube at once

If you were looking for all our videos in one compact player - here you are:

Recycled from our twitter stream

Here are some selected tweets from us:

- The most analogue, organic oscillator in the world: the electric fish oscillator | SynthGear http://bit.ly/2lf3H
- Petrol cans as record boxes | Nerdcore http://bit.ly/1pKwO
- Apple Gets Pwned, SF Store Is Now Advertising DVD Jon’s doubleTwist http://bit.ly/NTHhm
- HOME - really great documentary about our planet Earth, watch full vid on YT http://bit.ly/5DuXh
- Virgin Denies Interest In Playboy | paidContent.org http://bit.ly/BOHp3 it's actually just that headline that strikes me :D
- Dutch Music Collection Society Loses Artist Royalties In The Stock Market | Techdirt http://bit.ly/eXmGn

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Tornado hits Cologne

Nah, we haven't been affected by this tornado (but it would serve as a good excuse for lacking posts) last Sunday. But as tornados had been quite rare in this area until now, we thought it was worth a mention.

The tornado lasted only for 10 seconds but caused quite some damage on its way through northern Cologne. Fortunately, nobody has been hurt here.

Weekend vibe: Oliver Cheatham - Get Down Saturday Night

Have a nice weekend!

In the charts: Seroton - You Make It Strong

Saint Petersburg's AMDJS from the radio show with the same name show their support, too:

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Soul T - What A Day (Original Mix)
Nacho Marco - Estefania (Original Mix)
Atnarko, Jevne - Get On Down (Replika Remix)
MKL, Johanna Saint-Pierre - En Jaguar Beige (MKL Vocal Mix)
Seroton - You Make It Strong (Original Mix)
Dubnova, Urban Absolutes - Strandbar (Original Mix)
Glender - Tribal Is So Beautiful (Original Mix)
Latenta Project - Endeavor (Original Mix)
Kelvin K - Faze 1 (Original Mix)
Tiga - Shoes (Green Velvet Remix)

Spasibo, guys!:)

First Clear Recordings label night tonight!

Today, the 29th May, the first in a row of Clear Recordings events will kick off.

If you're located in Heilbronn and around, make sure you come to "Fahrenheit - Le Club". The line up tonight will consist of label heads Cooccer and Dennis Rossknecht, special guest will be Gabriel Creole from Stuttgart. Doors open at 10pm.

Make sure you eat well before showing up - you could be intoxicated.

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PestoTV on YouTube in Top 100 of "most viewed musicians" [update: now on #34]

Yessss - we have just been awarded by YouTube: PestoTV, our YouTube channel made it on #87 #44 #34 of the most viewed music profiles in Germany! Thank you for viewing and your support!

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Recycled from our twitter stream

Here are some selected tweets from us:

- Netherlands runs out of criminals, has to shut prisons - Boing Boing http://bit.ly/ziaNT
- Pirate Party Backed by Sweden’s Most Prolific Writer | TorrentFreak http://bit.ly/GfNYa
- I love to make people happy!:)
- RA: How to CDJ properly http://bit.ly/z0ALa
- Sony Pictures CEO: The Internet Is Still Bad | Techdirt http://bit.ly/8NZCk Lynton, you REALLY do not get it. #sony #fail #interwebz
- BBC NEWS | Europe | Germany bans cola after drug test http://bit.ly/L8ttV now THIS keeps you awake for sure
- Fear And Loathing: The Board Game - Boing Boing http://bit.ly/w6fom think the Samoan lawyer is missing;)
- deepGroove Radio http://bit.ly/vcxDI
- RT @ButtaBaby @sistertoldja #3wordsaftersex with R. Kelly "You not 12??????" ROTFL

Follow us on twitter!

In the charts: Jon Silva - AcidHouse

James Harcourt of Twisted Frequency/T-Freq UK has Jon Silva's AcidHouse in his May charts on Beatport:

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1. James Harcourt - Proton (Original Mix)
2. Alter Breed - Aladdin (Original Mix)
3. Quivver - Is There Anybody There (Original Mix)
4. D.Ramirez - Wired feat. LDV (Original Mix)
5. Beckers, D-Nox - Left Behind (Daniel Marques Remix)
6. Jamie McHugh - H20 (Raudive Mix)
7. Paul Woolford - Pandemonium (Original Mix)
8. Jon Silva - AcidHouse (Original Mix)
9. Boris Brejcha - The Mask (Original Mix)
10. Muzikjunki - Fashiondance (Veerus & Maxie Devine Remix)

Thanks for your support!

New video added to our YouTube channel: "Pesto LP005: 2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" (typo fixed)

Ooops - there were a couple of mistakes - new video uploaded, please add 202 views;)

Epic DubHouse DJ set, compiled off net labels' output - awesomeness alert!

I am aware of the fact that the net label scene is quite vivid. I have heard great tunes from netlabels, great mixes with those tunes and I appreciate the effort these people put into their work.
To be honest, I have also found a majority of really shit music (in the meaning of "not good enough to sign to a label") and crappy mixes (this requires no further explanation, I think).

Today though, I have found a DubHouse DJ set, compiled of tunes released by netlabels that simply blew me away. Excellent selection, excellent mix, excellent tracks - had to copy the set on my iPod to stay there for my travels.
It's this kind of vibe you're demanding on a Sunday morning after clubbing and while smoking special cigarettes, while drivin or just in order to entertain you. Or, as Mixotic, the page you can find this mix on puts it:

"Foton sends the perfect soundtrack for a warum summer night to you. Look up to the stars and let the deepest dub sounds rain on you, really relaxing, laid back stuff!"


Check out Foton's "Quelque Mix", download it, copy the track list and be happy. Nothing more than this except to say "thank you!" for this epic DJ set.

http://www.mixotic.net/dj-mixes/techno-tech-house/173

Releases section & RSS feed finally updated

After fixing our RSS-related issues, we have finally added our "toolbox: one" release to our catalogue page and the according RSS feed.

Classic Soul tune: Joyce Sims - Come Into My Life

One of these kind of one hit wonders was Joyce Sims with her "Come Into My Life" tune. Nevertheless, the tune has all it takes (in our opinion): a fat bassline, congas, meaty claps and vocals that deserve the term "hooky"! Check out this one from back in 1987 (click the HQ button for more pleasure):

PestoCast doesn't update on iTunes, RSS feed lacks updates [update2]

We have just noticed that our RSS feed does not update properly, therefore PestoCasts and FreeBees are missing on iTunes, too. The whole trouble seems to be related to Feedburner (aqcuired by Google last year), the service we use to publish our original RSS feed.

We are working to fix this issue asap - sorry for the inconvenience & thanks for understanding!

[update1: It seems that a specific iTunes tag is causing the problem. This tag is used to tell iTunes that the web address for an RSS feed has changed. Apparently, doing so causes major hiccups at Feedburner. We’re testing a couple of things now - please excuse if you receive a couple of "updates“ with the same content.]

[update2: After messing around with XML code, Feedburner (ok, meanwhile the name makes sense) and some tweaking in RapidWeaver, the Pesto RSS feed seems to be back to work. We just checked the feed source as well as the Feedburner version and they all update properly, iTunes reveals our latest downloadable "Pesto FreeBee #5". We're happy now, after losing just one day of work...aaaaarrrrghhhh)]

Pesto FreeBee #005: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine (new link)

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Remember our great Pesto 012 release by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers? Well, this one comes with a FreeBee, too.

This FreeBee is released under no special license model, it's free as in freedom. There are a few rules to follow though:
- you can freely distribute (i.e. share on P2P networks, transfer to your friends, etc.) the file as long as its original contents (the song itself, the meta data and cover artwork) remain unaltered
- in case you are converting the file to another format (such as WAV, OGG, AAC to name a few), make sure you keep the original ID3 tags and the cover artwork
- the file(s) remain covered by copyright laws, the copyright holder is Pesto Music
- you can use portions of the file to incorporate them in new creations (i.e. mashups, remixes) for non-commercial use, any commercial use requires a license from Pesto Music. If you create a mashup or remix of the tune, please send us a link to your creation by using the contact form
- you must not resell this tune, the file or any data connected to this FreeBee

And now: Enjoy "Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine (FreeBee Version)"!:)
click here to be transferred to iTunes
click the image or here for a direct link to Pesto Freebee no.5

Why follow Pesto Music on Twitter?

Usually, when an article is posted on pesto.de, it contains not just links to some pages or the plain YouTube video. When we post something in our "classic xyz tune" section for example, we'll supply you with background info, links to more sources of information (such as discogs.com, for instance) and so on and so forth.

Doing all this research takes time. In general, an article posted on pesto.de requires approx. 30 minutes of research and fine tuning of the words at least.

We use twitter to broadcast infos that are either not worth an update of our web site (because it's too little content or they're just small bits), because they're not related to what we publish here (see trials around piratebay or german civil rights) or because they are of a certain urgency and need to be published *instantly* rather than two hours later (no, we're not referring to Patrick Swayze's pre-death).

Every once in a while, we "recycle" our twitter stream and take out the most newsworthy things to post them in a dedicated news post here on pesto.de. This is just the cream of the crop, the sugar on top, find another rhyme on -op. Yet still, there are a couple of net news to be found on our twitter stream so it totally makes sense to follow us in order to get the latest DJ mixes, videos and articles we've filtered out of the net for you.

Sometimes, we just receive links to DJ mixes. After asking the respective DJ for permission, we post the download link on twitter but not here. Here are two examples: Replika and Mike Starr, both part of our upcoming "2.0" compilation just sent a link to their friends - we make it publically available in order to promote those artists.

So, get on twitter, follow us, tell your friends to do so, too and we'll all be happy. Well - ish...hehehe. Of course, you could also just visit our web site and see what we have posted but we feel better with you as a follower.

Use the board, young Skywalker!

Weekend vibe: The Cardigans - Carnival

Have a nice weekend!

Recycled from our twitter stream - the german edition, ausgewählte Tweets von pesto.de

Here are some selected tweets from us - this time covering topics in german language. Hier sind ein paar ausgewählte tweets von uns, dieses Mal in deutscher Sprache:

- Was war links? Sehr interessante Doku über die Zusammenhänge der 68er, RAF et al. http://bit.ly/4XBcc
- @jensscholz hat einen guten Artikel über Politikerverdrossenheit, äh, Politikerverachtung: http://bit.ly/TgxHW
- NDR Fernsehen - Sendungen - Zapp- Politiker-Pläne: Heftige Proteste gegen Sperrungen im Internet http://bit.ly/4AFeOv
- RT @mogisverein Die Umfrage http://bit.ly/eigeneumfrage im #mogisblog wird häufig falsch zitiert .. Bitte Fragestellung lesen #weitersagen
- Florian ‘fh’ Holzhauer Hintergründe zur lawblog.de Downtime http://bit.ly/jL1di
- flashmob: Grundgesetzlesen http://bit.ly/i1FMI kommt am Samstag um 14:00 auf die Domplatte in Kölle, andere Städte siehe Link, RT this!
- wer kein Grundgesetz hat, hier gibt's ein PDF: http://bundesrecht.juris.de/bundesrecht/gg/gesamt.pdf

Ich hoffe, wir sehen uns morgen um 14:00 auf der Domplatte in Köln, um ein paar Leuten die Leviten das Grundgesetz zu lesen.

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Youtube playlist: Classics from pesto.de

Did you know that all tunes presented within our "classic xyz tune" section are available in one dedicated playlist on Youtube?

All videos are made accessible in chronological order of their appearance on pesto.de. You can even embed a dedicated player:



Recycled from our twitter stream

Here are some selected tweets from us:

- Synthesizer Tattoos: Synth Geekery at it's Best | SynthGear http://bit.ly/12k41f
- Mike Starr, who's also part of our upcoming "2.0" compilation just uploaded a new DJ mix: SoundCloud http://bit.ly/13SlTx
- Daniel Denvir: I, Pot Smoker | Huffington Post | http://bit.ly/QnmlO
- Person In Charge Of Determining If Pirate Bay Judge Is Biased... May Be Biased | Techdirt http://bit.ly/xuLJb
- YouTube - the world's first DJ battle http://bit.ly/PUNa1

Follow us on twitter!

Classic Dance tunes: Usura - Open Your Mind, Felix - Don't You Want Me

Here's one classic Dance tune, originating from Italy in 1992, that melts ItaloDisco and House into a grade A++ chart stormer. Yeah, I repeat, this entered even the worst charts of the world: Germany (no, please don't get me started on the Eurovision Song Contest).
Usura's "Open Your Mind" came out the same year as Felix's "Don't You Want Me" - so can you imagine what a great year 1992 was for any lover of electronic music?

It was also a great year for Deconstruction, the label that released both of these smashers. Here's Usura:



And now comes Felix (they threw camouflage gigs in full masquerade long before Daft Punk, btw). One of the co-producers is Rollo, Dido's brother, who should also play a role in the success story of Faithless beginning three years later, in 1995. Check out "Don't You Want Me":



Use the board, young Skywalker!

Selected links #005 - special edition "social networking"

http://myspace.com/pestomusic - Pesto Music myspace profile
http://myspace.com/jonsilvager - my music profile
http://myspace.com/pestojonsilva - my private profile
http://last.fm/user/pestomusic - what we listen to
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515759576 - oh yes, we're on Facebook too - like once a month or so;)
http://twitter.com/pestomusic - one of the latest hypes probably, we'll explain in brief what we use it for
http://youtube.com/pestomusic - Pesto TV
http://play.fm/label/pestomusic - our profile on play.fm, DJ mixes to be added soon (no, really now!)

Classic House tune: S'Express - Theme From S'Express

Believe it or not - this tune by S'Express made it up the German charts back in 1988. Where are Dance tunes like this one nowadays?

When I was a regular clubber at Stuttgart's first issue of the renowned M1 club (based at Milchstrasse - the official name of the street was literally "milky way") back in 1995/1996, this was one of the jams the DJ kicked in sundays at 9am - to the pleasure of all left over MDMA, coke and alcohol victims.

Countdown is progressing...uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, cuatro:

Original video:



Extended UK mix, HQ:



DJ Prince from Norway supplies another analysis:



Use the board, young Skywalker!

Recycled from our twitter stream

Here are some selected tweets from us:

- RT @mechanique Search for who charted you on Beatport with this application I developed: http://ping.fm/II6se
- Reading: "The TT Dynamic Range Meter: Avoid over-compressing your mix - Mastering Media Blog" (http://twitthis.com/lrz62i)
- pesto.de: only 17% IE6 (transparent PNG galore!), 68% Mozilla, 9% Opera, 2% WebKit
- Gabriel Creole - Looking Beyond EP - Traxsource.com - the best House Music ... http://bit.ly/136vms
- Ecological Business Cards | The Inspiration Room Daily http://bit.ly/vuXeW
- Sony CEO Lynton: "I'm A Guy Who Doesn't See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period." LOL, my new fav quote #sonyfail #interwebz

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The sound chair

Sound Design, taken from a whole different angle, is the work of Matthew Plummer-Fernandez - a UK designer with colombian roots. He feeds a water-jet cutter with waveforms to cut the shapes for his sound chair out of polyethylene foam. Here's a visualization:

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And the finished product:

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Reminds us a bit of the waveform bracelets we brought you earlier, just on a bigger scale. If you visit Matthew's web site, you find more details, pictures and animations of the sound chair as well as more examples of the designer's projects.

[found via noiseaddicts.com, all pics © plummerfernandez.com]

Weekend vibe: Röyksopp - Happy Up Here

Have a nice weekend!

pesto.de is looking for guest authors

Are you a music professional, a promoter, a gear junkie or run a radio station? Or maybe you are just a music addict, a fan and connaisseur? If you have something to say that you would like to share with the rest of us, here's your chance to do so on pesto.de.

We are looking for guest authors both on a regular and one-off basis. If you run a blog and would like to syndicate your content or just publish a single article, we would be very interested in publishing your work here. Articles have to be written in english language but we also accept texts written in german and will translate them for you.

Content we are specifically interested in covers how-to posts (say production advise, DJ tutorials, social media, etc.), background info (aka "behind the scenes" things) or general thoughts about certain aspects of working in the creative business. Yes, that means pieces on video editing (or directing - we love shorts!), copywriting or photography will fit the bill perfectly well.

You can get in touch with us by using our contact form. Please say "guest author" or similar in the subject field. Once we have received your message, we will get back to you with more details. If you read pesto.de regularly and are missing posts about a special topic, you can also send us a message and share your thoughts with us or leave a comment on the Pesto community (requires free sign-up).

Classic HipHop tune: Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix) [update]

Here's another from back in the days coming from Eric B. & Rakim. "Paid In Full" was a major hit in 1987 and I actually liked it so much that I listened to the 12" over and over again when my brother wasn't at home (as it was his record collection). I think my bro hated his younger brother for doing so but in the end it made me aware of many diamonds that are still in his vinyl collection. Today, he would gladly lend me his vinyl so we're cool.



This is the Coldcut remix, a shorter radio version of this exists, of course.

If we dissect this tune a bit, it becomes clear that except for Rakim's raps (and they're great old skool style, many of the rhymes have become "quotes" of everyday use in HipHop), everything else on this one is borrowed from other tracks. Think the bass line is great? Yeah, it's from Dennis Edward's "Don't Look Any Further" on Motown from 1984:



I know, the video looks awesome funny, but the tune kicks arse! (Note to self: never have chewing gum when shooting a video, regardless how charming your wink)

The oriental vocal you hear in Coldcut's remix is by Israel's Ofrah Haza (R.I.P.) - originally a yemenite folk song that turned a global hit in 1987:



There are countless other samples contained in "Paid In Full" - feel free to name them on our forum.

[update: as Pesto community member "The Squeezer" from Portugal hints, there is a video analysis on Youtube by Norway's DJ Prince - thanks Ricardo aka The Squeezer!]

Clear Recordings 003: Gabriel Creole - Looking Beyond EP excl. on Traxsource!

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Originating from the shores of the Lake Constance, Gabriel Creole has moved to Stuttgart in south western Germany to develop his vision of being an influential DJ and producer.

After remixes for Cocoon's Patrick Zigon and tunes on compilations on Tanzbar and Combi Int., it was the right time to fire up his debut single. We are proud that our latest sublabel addition Clear Recordings is the home of said EP.

CR003, the "Looking Beyond" EP comes with three original tunes: "Looking Beyond", "Away" and "Straight Ahead" that will get you going if a minimal approach to TechHouse is your cup of tea.

Check out CR003: Gabriel Creole - Looking Beyond EP on Traxsource.

Short documentary about HipHouse on Resident Advisor

Richard Carnage at Resident Advisor has found a nice short documentary on the HipHouse phenomenon, originating from Chicago in the late 1980ies. One, two, three - get loose now!



Selected links #004

http://vintagesynth.com - great ressource for, well, vintage synths
http://daringfireball.net - John Gruber's Daring Fireball, Mac-centered, entertaining IT news gossip
http://createdigitalmusic.com - in-depth reviews and features by Peter Kirn
http://theinspirationroom.com/daily - your daily stopover if you're working in the creative industry (and also if not)
http://twitip.com - hints, how-tos and backgrounds on and about using Twitter

By the way, do you already follow us on Twitter?

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" available worldwide

Just a quick one: Pesto LP004 "toolbox: one" is also available on other stores. We have selected a few for you:

toolbox: one on Beatport

toolbox: one on Juno

toolbox: one on iTunes


Due to an incident in the family, we were not able to post any news earlier. Thanks for understanding and expect more frequent news items.

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" available on Traxsource [2nd update]

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Easter weekend is just ahead, we have uploaded a trailer to our Youtube channel and the release is available from Traxsource exclusively.

There have been a few technical glitches (we announced the release for 7th April) but finally, you can find "toolbox: one" on Traxsource.

Pesto LP004 aka "toolbox" marks the launch of a new compilation series on Pesto. As the name suggests already, you will find techy dancefloor tools, tailored to a DJ's needs. "toolbox" ranges from deep greatness (Seroton) over techy DeepHouse (Da Funk, Quell, Khaan), TechHouse (White Spectrum, Cooccer), AcidHouse (Jon Silva) to percussive, proggy shades of House (Dennis Rossknecht, The Mulder) and proper Tech (Traxx, supported by Dubfire btw).

Check out the track list:
01. Seroton - You Make It Strong
02. Da Funk - Roasted
03. Quell - Baby Gaps
04. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
05. White Spectrum - White Box
06. Cooccer - Ion
07. Jon Silva - AcidHouse
08. Dennis Rossknecht - Sides Of Groove
09. The Mulder - Shy
10. Traxx - Traxx

Here's a fast forward trailer containing all tunes, some more info and additional goodies (especially for our male audience):



Don't forget to rate the trailer and leave a comment for us, feel free to embed the trailer on your web site, Myspace or Facebook profile.

You can get Pesto LP004 "toolbox: one" exclusively on Traxsource.
[update: shortly after release, "toolbox: one" can be found on #8 #4 on Traxsource's album charts - whoo hoo!]

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All other stores to follow on 21st April (at least for now...).

Classic House tunes: Daft Punk - Da Funk, Around The World & Revolution 909

Hey, did you know that Daft Punk, before writing pop music and movie scores, dedicated a song to our mate Da Funk from Switzerland? Just kidding, but you have to admit it reads well. Check out this classic from 1995 - the original release on Soma was not such a huge hit until Virgin released it again in 1996. Did I say already I have the original Soma 12"?



If you found this video too depressing towards the end, here's another classic from them that will lift you up again - "Around The World":



Last one for now and actually one of my favourites from their "Homework" album, also dating from 1996. As different as these three tunes are, as much do they reveal the great art behind Daft Punk's videos. I highly recommend you check out the Daft Punk video channel on youtube.

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" to be released tomorrow

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It has been about time for a brand new compilation series on Pesto, this time on a way techier tip than our other releases.

"toolbox: one" , as the name implies already, is aimed at DJs in order to provide you with floor tools, clubby movers and shakers. We have taken the very best from our sublabels Traxx and Clear Recordings to bring you a banging collection of tunes ranging from DeepTech, DeepHouse to proper TechHouse and Acid.

"toolbox: one" contains top notch tunes from both established artists such as Da Funk, Quell, Cooccer, Jon Silva/The Mulder as well as rising stars on the TechHouse sky such as Seroton, Dennis Rossknecht, White Spectrum or Cologne's Most Wanted member Khaan.

Here's the track list:

01. Seroton - You Make It Strong
02. Da Funk - Roasted
03. Quell - Baby Gaps
04. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
05. White Spectrum - White Box
06. Cooccer - Ion
07. Jon Silva - AcidHouse
08. Dennis Rossknecht - Sides Of Groove
09. The Mulder - Shy
10. Traxx - Traxx

Pesto LP004: "V.A. - toolbox: one" will be available exclusively via Traxsource from tomorrow, 7th April 2009. All other stores to follow on 14th April 2009. Check back on pesto.de to preview the tunes in our player later today.

Buddha Bar XI mixed by DJ Ravin contains Rucyl's "Love In War"

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Already in stores since March 9th 2009, we are proud to let you know that a Pesto tune has found its way onto the famous "Buddha Bar" compilation series.

DJ Ravin, of Mauritius origin, states on his website that his quest is "full of curiosity and passion" for "unknown sensations and ignored talent". While "sensation" and "talent" are with no doubt true for Pete Gust's remix of Rucyl's "Love In War", the words "unknown" and "ignored" have to be stripped off thanks to numerous weeks on DJ charts and sales sheets last year, including the top position on Beatport's DeepHouse charts last year.

Buddha Bar XI marks a stopover of the Buddha Bar movement, funny enough, this time staying in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, place to be for Jon Silva recently and homebase of our exclusive partner Fly Music.

You can get Buddha Bar XI either on CD or as a digital download from your favourite store, in case you haven't yet!

Classic HipHop tune: Public Enemy - Fight The Power

It's G20 summit in London, peaceful protesters get beaten up by the police, basic civil rights are ignored in Germany [1], [2] (links to content in german language) due to the NATO summit and we are in for another issue of our "classic tune" section. It's a pitty to see what Flavour Flav is doing nowadays, knowing that Public Enemy once had a message that was way more political than "Flavour in Love" on MTV.

Here's "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy, back from 1989.



No more comments here as a) this is not a political site and b) we don't like house searches.

Steve Angello humiliates Paris Hilton, DJs worldwide rejoice

After I just got back from my long Ukraine weekend, I stumbled over this one on Beatportal and felt reminded of my gig in Winnyzja's "Feride Plaza". I did behave way more civilized though, yet, way to go, Steve!

Oh, and for future reference: if Electro House versions of Kate Perry's "I kissed a girl and I liked it" or some Foreigner bootlegs (geez, the originals suck big time already) are popular in your club, please refrain from booking me. Spasibo!

Read the full story on Beatportal

Jon Silva plays three Ukraine gigs

In cooperation with our exclusive partner for Ukraine, Fly Music in Kiev, we are proud to announce three Jon Silva gigs this coming weekend!

First one will be in Zaporizhzhia on the 27th March. Jon Silva will be playing at "Music Hall". The second gig will be in Winnyzja's "Feride Plaza" on the 28th March. To round up the little Ukraine journey, Jon will be playing the last gig in Kiev's "Forsage" club on Sunday, the 29th.

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Please excuse the absence of news items starting tomorrow on Thursday through Monday.

Name your band and create your album cover with the help of Wikipedia & Flickr

NoiseAddicts have shared a way of giving your band or project a name, a title for your album and the artwork. There are three steps, according to NA:

1. Go to Wikipedia and hit “random” and the first article you get is the name of your band.
2. Go to "Random Quotations". The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page will be the title of your new album.
3. Go to Flickr and click on “Explore the Last Seven Days”. The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Read the full article, including example cover artworks, on NoiseAddicts.
[Found via Synthopia.com]

BBC documentary: Alchemists Of Sound

It's weekend ahead and you probably have some spare time at your hands, so here's to all couch potatoes.

The grand old lady BBC has another documentary about the very beginnings of sound design called "Alchemists Of Sound". The documentary is from 2003 and sheds some light on the background of sound design with regards to TV and radio shows from the very beginnings.

If you prefer to download all the single parts (read: you want to watch it on your mobile or iPod, for example) rather than viewing it on YT, here's how you can do it:
simply add "pwn" in front of the links starting with "youtube" and you'll be presented a link where you can download a copy in the desired format (FLV or MP4).

Example: http://www.pwnyoutube.com/watch?v=-YCErcKWAno

Here are the links to the respective parts of "Alchemists Of Sound": (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
Hope I'm not infringing the BBC's copyrights here but, on the other hand, the documentary is still up on YT although it's been linked to on MetaFilter some days ago already.

Have a nice weekend!

Classic HipHop tune: O.C. feat. Yvette Michelle - Far From Yours

One of the most overseen, most underrated MCs ever, if you ask me - ladies and gents, make some noise for O.C! Good to know I have his "Jewelz" album from 1997 on double 12" somewhere in my warehouse.
And now get ready for some spring, early summer vibes straight from the left coast (embedding has been disabled unfortunately, so please follow the link):

O.C. feat. Yvette Michelle - Far From Yours

If anybody wants to know: the original sample is by The Brothers Johnson from their 1976 album "Look Out for #1", the respective tune is named "Tomorrow". The Brothers Johnson are famous not only because of their original work (which is quite nice to listen to still) rather than for providing samples for mid-1990ies House tunes such as this one:



Here's an instrumental of "Far From Yours" provided via YT, too (it's the whole tune just without the raps, to be precise):

Selected links #003

http://abduzeedo.com - "The blog's name means abducted in Portuguese. I changed its spelling to add ZEE (my design company) instead of abduzido" Fabio Sasso says in the about section, great source of (graphical) input and inspiration from Brazil
http://doddiblog.blogspot.com - "Quality, Not Quantity is What Really matters", one of the best blogs around covering downloadable DJ mixes, really eclectic selection but it's all about electronic music
http://www.thepiz.org/mralias2 - a dirty beast of freeware synth, this one's available for all major platforms - don't get distracted by the GUI, Mr. Alias 2 kicks major arse
http://www.macosxhints.com - great ressource for OSX noobs but also some hints that you did not know of despite you've been using Macs for ages
http://kvraudio.com - anything plugin or audio software goes here, if you don't find it on KVR, it probably doesn't exist - well worth signing up there and the forum is also a great source of information

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Mix tips: For Consistency's Sake

Brian Hazard at Passive Promotion has a must read for anybody involved in the music production business.

Brian has great methods on how to keep consistency on your mixdowns (in terms of having the same *sound*) in various projects. He further writes about the right sound pressure levels in order to prevent ear fatigue. I may add here that mixing down to a reference is by far more important than the latest cutting edge gear or matching EQs. I for one have a very limited speaker setup but I keep comparing my stuff to other recordings that I know they sound "right" on a large PA system.

Studying music that you like and adore and trying to copy what the masters did is the best way to learn how they actually do it. You can think about Destiny's Child in whatever way, but when you pay attention to the way the vocals are layered, equalised, arranged and processed you have to admit that the mix of all these techniques make their vocals sound so distinctive and unique. Of course, this is easier to achieve if you have Beyoncé standing in your vocal booth than a lousy Jon Silva. But still, if you just adapt the methods and principles, you can make a recording going from "demo quality" to at least "decent".

You definitely need a set of good EQs, dynamics and delay FX but every DAW package available today will give you that right at your hands. It's more crucial to know your system and especially be aware of its weak points (room flutter, resonance, speaker limitations, etc.). And I am so with Brian when it comes to proper monitoring levels: I know guys that run their amps with the volume knob at three o' clock all the time ("need to get into that club atmosphere") but are quite surprised when their mixes sound plain shyte, simply because they cannot judge anymore after 20 minutes of work. Actually, if your ears started bleeding in this situation, people would probably become more aware of the damage they cause to their ears.

Read full article on Passive Promotion
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Pesto Radio Show: episode #002 available for download

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Here's episode #002 of our to-be-reanimated radio show on danceradio.gr available for download. This one is nearly one year old, yet still the tunes are timeless and great!

PestoMix show #002 from 16th May 2008

First hour (incl. ID 11) by Andreas Hansson/Stockholm, Sweden

01. Jon Silva feat. Roman Biewer - Lava (background music)
02. Koyla Feat Jrod Indigo - Promised Land
03. Halo, Kemal & Arnold Jarvis - Lift Me Up (Halo & Kemals Dubstumental)
04. This Is Rhtyhm - No Strings (Kid Massive Deeper Mix)
05. Diego Valesco - Skin Respons (Nicola Gala Remix)
06. Andy Cato - Cosmic Force (Soul Minority Remix)
07. Frederico Y Vincenzo - Distant Lover
08. Soda Inc - Key Split
09. Mieka Du Frax - Burlesque Disco (303 Italo Mix)
10. Skin Deep - Palpations
11. Ce Ce Rogers - Someday 07

Second hour by HD aka Marc/Germany

12. Chriz Perez - Singularity (Main Mix)
13. Diego Velasco - Skin Response (Nikola Gala Remix)
14. Replika - Loveletter
15. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust KID Remix)
16. Yoshie Chandler - Evergreen
17. Marcsoul - Thinks Of Dance (Original mix)
18. Nuance Movement - Violet (Soda Inc. Remix)
19. Corrugated Tunnel - One Night In Barcelona (Scope's Noche Urbana Remix)
20. Da Funk - Catch The Wave (Replika s Evaw Mix)
21. Jon Silva - Have To Talk (Radio Version)

PestoCast iTunes link
PestoCast direct download

Where are my FreeBees?

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"Where are my Pesto FreeBees you promised?" you may ask. Well, you're totally right and so, here is the first missing one:

Taken from our Pesto 011 and Pesto 011R release by Sandra Lima, here's the Pesto FreeBee that comes along with it.

This is Jon Silva's 1986 Rimini Remix that'll take you back in time to the good old days of Italo Disco. Hope you enjoy!

This FreeBee is released under no special license model, it's free as in freedom. There are a few rules to follow though:
- you can freely distribute (i.e. share on P2P networks, transfer to your friends, etc.) the file as long as its original contents (the song itself, the meta data and cover artwork) remain unaltered
- in case you are converting the file to another format (such as WAV, OGG, AAC to name a few), make sure you keep the original ID3 tags and the cover artwork
- the file(s) remain covered by copyright laws, the copyright holder is Pesto Music
- you can use portions of the file to incorporate them in new creations (i.e. mashups, remixes) for non-commercial use, any commercial use requires a license from Pesto Music. If you create a mashup or remix of the tune, please send us a link to your creation by using the contact form
- you must not resell this tune, the file or any data connected to this FreeBee

And now: Enjoy "Sandra Lima - Higher (Jon Silva's 1986 Rimini Remix)"!:)
click here to be transferred to iTunes
click the image or here for a direct link to Pesto Freebee no. 4

Classic House tune: Fingers Inc. - Can You Feel It

Whoaaa. This is the blueprint for so many of today's deep House tunes. The vocals have been sampled to an extent close to abuse, the chord/pad sound found its way into the countless House sampling CDs, the bassline has been replayed (being altered or not) so often it hurts. Yet still, there's nothing like the original: Fingers Inc. - Can You Feel It?



While Larry Heard and Robert Owens are still in the biz (still quite successful), we haven't heard anything of Ron Wilson.

Waveforms as bracelets

Designed as a constant reminder for kids not to use drugs, parents can now record a message on the Sound Advice Project website and render the waveform of the recording into a bracelet with the same shape:

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Valentine's day has passed already but you could also record a nice message for your beloved ones when their b-day approaches. Or you show some love for Pesto and have our acoustic logo rendered:

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Joel Johnson at BoingBoing notes though that the sentence "Drugs can be fun and informative. And used responsibly can be part of any healthy person's cognitive life" would also fit into the six-seconds recording space on the website.

[Found via BoingBoing]

Wacom's nextbeat DJ console

Wacom, previously known for their graphic tablets, are now entering the DJ scene with a fully fledged controller unit. The nextbeat is every digital DJ's wet dreams come true with a bunch of controls and input methods that enables you to go wild on your MP3 files.

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The nextbeat console will operate in wireless mode (look mom, no cords!) which makes it a perfect companion for live acts, too. See more pics on flylyf.com and get more insights on some nextbeat microsite.

[Found via Nerdcore]

CDM: How to build a music studio in an apartment

Create Digital Music.com found a great instructable on how to build a studio into an apartment. Catherine Belsey Davis explains the steps taken to achieve a pro-looking and pro-working studio setup. She built it for her husband's studio based in Brooklyn Heights.

Step 1: get a wife who is capable of building all sortsa things ;)

Here's the full read including links to more studio pics and Belsey's homepage.

SXSW festival: 6GB of free MP3s available as Torrent

Found via TorrentFreak:

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, SXSW has released a DRM-free, RIAA-safe collection of songs totaling 6 GB, which can all be downloaded for free, thanks to BitTorrent.



While we haven't checked out the contents of the bundle, the mere size already suggests that there must be one or another file that meets your taste. Get the DSL lines burning, you leechers!
Leave feedback and/or recommendations on the Pesto community board.

Read the full article on TorrentFreak
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Conspiracy theory: Pesto owned and maintained by the Illuminati?

I just came across this posting on the Logo Designer Blog. It's a YouTube movie "revealing" all those symbols that are meant to be connected to the Illuminati, the New World Order and other ...ummm...shyte.

Please see yourself:



And now, check out this logo - isn't this a graphical representation of the Eyes of Providence, especially the green parts?

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Not really. The original design of the Pesto logo illustrates a plate full of Spaghetti al Pesto (Pesto Genovese, to be precise). No conspiracy, no providence, just plain yummy and delicious - quite like the music we release! Wow, some people really seem to have a lot of free time...

43folders.com: follow-up on Kutiman's YT mashups

Remember the awesome YouTube mashups by Kutiman we posted just a few days ago? Merlin Mann at 43folders.com has some thoughts about this one and the future of the entertainment industry in general.

Quoting from Merlin's post:

Unsolicited tip for media company c-levels: if your reaction to this crate of magic is “Hm. I wonder how we’d go about suing someone who ‘did this’ with our IP?” instead of, “Holy crap, clearly, this is the freaking future of entertainment,” it’s probably time to put some ramen on your Visa and start making stuff up for your LinkedIn page.



Read the full article here
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Snowhite & The 7 Dwarfs vs. Daft Punk

Done with your daily work (lucky you!) and ready for some fun? Check this out:



Found via NerdCore where a certain Kay also posted this link: idaft beta

Sales statistics: where our fans come from

I have to admit that I am a big fan of statistics. Not because they reveal some ground-breaking information (oh, sometimes, they even do) or because I particularly like these pie graphs (I haven't studied economy - those guys seem to have a weakness for colourful diagrams) but because they sometimes contain a message that would be hidden otherwise.
Especially, when comparing or correlating two kinds of statistic data, one can find fruitful insights (or leave you clueless).

When looking at the sales of Pesto Music (without Traxx and Clear Rec. sales), the ten best selling territories are:

01. USA (ok, could have told you that without looking into the records)
02. Germany (this surprises me now, seems there are more deepheads around than what I thought)
03. UK (would have guessed this one on #02)
04. Canada (another surprise, yet I know Canadians have a great taste in music plus have great artists themselves)
05. France (you French guys just love melody and music, don't you? I mean, who invented the chanson, after all?!)
06. Spain (this really suprises me - Spain used to be among our least selling countries but this has changed when going digital. ¡Gracias!)
07. Japan (oh yeah, Japan has not only a vivid scene but also some really bad-ass artists!)
08. Italy (yeah, we love you too - hint: check our name...haha)
09. Australia (we knew there was something beyond kangaroos and the Great Barrier Reef - Australia is among the highest movers in this list)
10. Switzerland (man, there's Da Funk, Replika, C&M Production to name but a few. Zurich is Europe's #1 city when it comes to clubs per inhabitants!)

Interestingly, the volume of downloads sold in the USA is approx. five times the volume of Germany's sales. The other territories sell more or less the same volume, this is also true for countries on position 11 and below: The Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Hungary, Sweden, Portugal, Mexico, Poland and Denmark.

Now, let's take a look at where our web site visitors come from:

01. USA
02. Germany
03. Italy
04. Russia
05. Hungary
06. Switzerland
07. UK
08. Poland
09. Sweden
10. Australia

Similar phenomenon here as described above: we have pretty much the same number of unique visitors from Poland, Sweden, Australia and from the countries following on #11 and below. These countries are: The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Greece, Canada, Georgia, Estonia, Slovak Republic, Mexico, Ukraine and Turkey.
Visits from the USA make up three times of the number of visitors from Germany.

How would you interprete that data? Italians are more web-affin then British but British spend more money online? Russians are just downloading free stuff (oh, not only them, by the way) but buy less or have trouble getting music online? Would also be interesting to relate the sales data to the number of inhabitants of the respective country: compare the relatively small Denmark (approx. 5.5 million ppl [1] ) to Poland (approx. 38 million ppl [2] ) - the gross domestic product per capita (i.e. per head) is approx. 38.000US$ in Denmark, in Poland it's 18.000US$ per annum [data quoted from Wikipedia], yet still, they sell similar volumes.

I'd like to hear your opinions and comments, so feel free to follow the link at the end of this post (signing up for the Pesto community is really free & easy but required to post on the board). If you'd like to know where your particular country is on the list, you are invited to ask that in the Pesto community, too - I'll be happy to sort those numbers out for you!

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Classic House tune: Jaydee - Plastic Dreams

When we were young, without a belly and went out every Thursday to Sunday (or Monday), this was one of our constants: Jaydee's Plastic Dreams from 1992 (the video says otherwise but check the discogs link). Awesome classic and sampled or covered a couple of times.



The "right" version of this one is over 10 minutes in length, but you'll get the picture. Oh, and sorry to visitors from the UK (just kidding, I hope this one's not affected).

No YouTube music vids for Brits

Paidcontent.co.uk has an article that sheds some light on the fact that YouTube is blocking the audio part of some of the posted videos for UK viewers. Patrick Walker, EMEA region head of YouTube said that the Google-owned company would lose money on every music video it serves if they accepted the rates proposed by the PRS, a UK collecting society.

From Paid Content's page:

In its first arrangement with a royalty society, YouTube in 2007 signed a special deal with PRS in which it agreed to pay a flat, advance fee to carry 10 million pieces of music. But the deal has expired and Walker pulled the tracks last night rather than renew at new rates. After PRS highlighted Google’s $5.7 billion Q408 revenue, Walker told me: “We’ve built a service that we’ve invested millions in ... to suggest that, because Google’s a big company, we should just suck it and pay a ridiculous rate is not something that we’re going to stand by.”



Read more on paidcontent.co.uk
Read the PRS entry on Wikipedia
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Selected links #002

Tips for running a label in 2009 - some of the statements are not only true for 2009, article lacks a bit of depth - still a nice read though. Check out the comments, too!
Production Advice - freshly launched blog providing, you guessed it, advice on your productions. Also features insights on different aspects of music production, mixing and mastering
50 things every Mac geek should know - not really, still an interesting read though if you want to find out more about Apple
Togu Audio Line - audio plugin developer from Switzerland, maker of bad-ass TAL-Uno-62 - freeware Roland Juno plugin and others for OS X and Windoze (consider donating though)
TAL-Uno-62 - nice read about the above plugin
Below The Radar showreel - quite impressive pile of class A clients my bro Ricardo Torres has been working for, you have seen one or another ad for sure

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Design Artwork for a Shrinking Album Cover

Wired Magazine has an interesting read about cover designs in times of decreasing real estate.

As we are aware of this, we are planning to do a huge PDF file (one metre by one metre print size) in which you can navigate with your standard PDF viewer for one of our upcoming compilation releases. By zooming in, you will find tiny details and some extra features - stuff that will keep you entertained for hours! The "cover" will be a free download, of course.

Read the whole article on Wired.com
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Dimiz & Ogi Gee Cash - Vocalizer (Jon Silva Remix)

We told you about the remix Jon Silva did for Dimiz of the Kondukter crew based in Nish, Serbia. Apparently, the tune works quite well...hehehe! Check the vid, starting at 05:10 and pay attention to the crowd at around 07:42 (hint: put your hands up in the air)!



You can buy this remix on Beatport: Dimiz & Ogi Gee Cash - Vocalizer (Jon Silva's Vocalize This! Remix)

Classic HipHop tune: A Tribe Called Quest - Stressed Out (Remix)

It's one of these rare cases when the remix beats the original by far (we think so, at least). A Tribe Called Quest is one of HipHop's staples when it comes to the deep and jazzy shizzle. There is a whole pile of artists this connotations apply to (say Gang Starr/Jazz Matazz, for one) but ATCQ is a good point to start from.

Even if you have never heard of ATCQ before, we're sure you all remember "Galvanize" by the ever-awesome Chemical Brothers: Q-Tip is the MC you're listening to on this one. He's one of those rappers with a clearly recognizable timbre and style - a feature lots of today's MC are missing.

Since we intend to run this web site a couple of more years to come, expect some further deep dives into the roots of House and soulful music in general.



The female part in the chorus is by Faith Evans, former wife of the Notorious B.I.G. (RIP!).

Beatportal.com launches label and artist wiki

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Beatportal.com, the community backend of Beatport have just launched a wiki for artists and labels a couple of days ago.

It is beyond our knowledge why artwork and artists appearing on the label have to be entered manually as Beatport's database should provide those connections - at least, it works within their shop. Yet still it's neat to have a dedicated wiki.

We will fill the gaps with content but we're also inviting you to add your rating (five out of five headphones, of course...hehe), missing artist connections and comments to our wiki page. You might also declare yourself a fan and show some love for Pesto. You will need to log in to do so but if you already have an account on Beatport, you can use those credentials.

So far, we experienced the whole thing to be a bit buggy still - connecting artists to the label only works every now and then, for instance. But we are sure these minor issues will be ironed out within brief and might be due to our configuration.

related links:
Pesto Music on Beatport
Pesto Music on Beatportal's wiki page
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Amazing YouTube mashups by Kutiman

  • If the use of the term "bad ass" on pesto.de had to be justified, it would be the mind-blowing mashups by Kutiman:


Find more great mashups on thru-you.com

Selected links #001

The Daily Show on Twitter

Just two days ago, we told you about our twitter thingy going on here. The Daily Show on Comedy Central now has a nice vid about all the hype.

See yourself here.

Classic House tune: Ron Trent - Altered States



A true classic back from 1992 that brings back some memories. More details about Ron Trent and this release on discogs.

Video: Mistabishi - Printer Jam



found via Nerdcore

Follow us on twitter!

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Have you heard of twitter? It's the latest media hype, at least here in Germany. Funny enough, we set up a profile back in March 2007 already but weren't hardly posting. Maybe because we did not see the sense of the service.

We will now make use of twitter more often, especially in order to share small bits & pieces that are not worth of posting a whole news article here on pesto.de. Twitter will fill the gap between longer reads on our site and one-liners containing just a link. Take, for instance, a good tune we heard on last.fm and we'd just like to share that one with you - twitter is ideal to do so.

You can follow us here: http://twitter.com/Pestomusic

If you feel you'd like to talk about twitter or microblogging in general, post your profile, etc. - you can do so in the Pesto Community.

Clear Recordings: CR002 coming soon!



Check out Karri O.'s myspace page and don't forget to visit the myspace page of our sublabel Clear Recordings.

We're back!

After a long period of absence due to major computer hiccups (with the machine eventually dying - R.I.P. my beloved Apple G4!), we're finally back with updates!

Been through a nightmare with the computer here: first I thought I had faulty memory installed (replaced it, then after two weeks the machine would do weird things again), then I suspected the hard drive (same story after two weeks), was looking on eBay for a used G4 and finally found one from a very nice british guy. Thanks to the Euro/Pound Sterling conversion rate, the "new" machine was quite a steal. I have to add that I have to maintain quite some PCI equipment here and really did not want buy a new MacPro.

The trouble didn't end here as I could not recover my backups. What I am doing now is copying back each and every file individually - thanks goodness I have a backup at all! You can surely imagine that after eight years of use, my old system was quite a mess. I got along with it well as it was kind of grown organically and Apple's Spotlight technology makes it easy to handle the chaos of 1TB (yes, that's TeraBytes) for a messie like me.

With huge relief, I can say that I am coming towards the end of the recovery process after I have recovered all my software licenses and files. There are remix projects, productions and administrative tasks piling up here and you cannot imagine how happy I am to be finally able to make music again!

Not only did I use the idle time to complain about how bad the computer gods punished me but I made up my mind and am finally introducing some changes to pesto.de.
You will see much more frequent updates in the future as I will turn this page away from a simple promotion and announcement platform to a more personalized "blog-style" page. Hence, I will post cool/odd/interesting finds from the interwebs such as good reads, Youtube vids, software tips, production tutorials, you name it.

You will also find our PestoCasts and Pesto FreeBees reanimated as well as our radio show. I also noticed that the Pesto community has got somewhat silent recently, so expect some changes with regard to that one, too. I'm thinking of discussions related to certain posts here on pesto.de in addition to the DJ mixes posted there by our fans and supporters.

Last but not least, we will also have new releases that were scheduled for January and February finally on the way to you. More details here soon (you'll find a small hint in our new header already).

Finally, let me thank you for bearing with us and being patient. You won't regret it!;)

Jost Gerischer aka Jon Silva, Pesto Music