discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 4

Here are ten more reviews, to be followed by another ten tomorrow. I'll anounce the winners in another post tomorrow afternoon CET. In case you missed the former parts (plus a little explanation of what I mean by certain words), check out part one plus glossary, part two and part three. Here are the remixes I'm reviewing for you to listen to: http://soundcloud.com/groups/pesto-remix-contest-jon-silva-aegean/tracks

Tuchy Frunk Remix:
con: the histrings are running the whole track - not good for my tinnitus, way too dry, sounds are not balanced, too heavy on the treble, the sidechain ducking is more annoying and tears the whole tune apart, the sounds are a bit too generic/weren't programmed with dedication, no DJ-friendly arrangement
3/10

by ramplin:
pro: nice drum grooves
con: a House tune without a bass line? Let me think if there is one at all. Not going to work, you could also make a track without a bassdrum, the delays are too loud (they are badly clipping), arrangement hardly there and way too raw, some funky plug ins won't make up for a missing basis. Actually disqualified because downloads are still enabled despite sending several messages
2/10

Full Of Beans - Baked Mix:
pro: it's something original and not just a reconstruction close to the original tune just quoting the remix parts
con: the intro is too long and has too little variation, a proper bassline is missing
4/10

GreenKloref:
pro: 4th attempt, never giving up. I take from the discussion page that GreenKloref is really new to using a DAW and this one is already much better than the other three mixes, the groove is much better than on the other submissions
con: like said earlier, better focus on making one fat thing than sending four mediocre reworks, this one also lacks focus and dramaturgy, the sound selection is wrong for me, some of the sounds remind of GM synth modules - definitely not the sound source for a dance track
3/10

TrikAtak Remix:
pro: nice chopping of the original parts, really cool buildup, liking that drone bassline in the first break giving it a new harmonic context
con: histrings way too loud, after the first break at 02:50 the energy level drops when the beat comes in again, that's the part where the energy should be max with a big boom, when the drone's cutoff is open, it's too loud and drowns the rest
5/10

Carl D Remix:
pro: creative use of the parts to make something new, solid beats, proper & detailed arrangement, suitable sound selection
con: not the kind of stuff I play but that wasn't what I was asking for, so it's not really a con
7/10

Christian G Chugg 2011 Remix:
pro: nice use of the samples, great deep & reduced atmosphere, liking the bassline in the beginning, nice details such as the drum rolls
con: lacks a bit of substance/flesh, the intro is a bit too long or the bassline could kick in earlier
07/10

ExteRix remix:
pro: creative use of the parts, bass heavy
con: break is way too long (it's nearly one fourth of the whole tune), sidechain ducking of the bassline takes away too much energy of an otherwise properly working team of beats and bass, 04:14 throughout 05:54 too hissy
6/10

Paus & Darang Remix:
pro: bass heavy, great groove, well balanced mix, good use of the original sequences, proper arrangement with detail, loving the disco toms,
9/10

Fair Play Knight Remix:
pro: quality production sounding very punchy, good arrangement, nice arpeggio line
con: not a big fan of the lead sound although it's one with good recognition and suits the rest so that's a minor con only
8/10

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 3

Yes, I know that going through reviews of remixes is a bit of dry reading if you haven't done any of the remixes yourself. Still, I believe the remix artists deserve some feedback on their submissions and that's why I will post reviews for all 50 remix entries here until the winners will finally be announced. In case you don't know which remixes I am talking about, they can be found here: http://soundcloud.com/groups/pesto-remix-contest-jon-silva-aegean/tracks

In case you missed the former reviews, try part one and part two.

J Kar Remix:
pro: another one with home field advantage;) If the original is a big-breasted blonde with too much make-up, this is her little brunette sister who's more subtle, more intelligent and a girl you won't regret having spent a night with. I like brunettes, btw.
9/10

Andy O' Donoghue Remix:
pro: very dubby and reduced, cool groove
con: the pad coming in at 01:26 is a bit too dominant/loud imo, arrangement could be a bit more detailed and a bit more focused
7/10

As remixed by Science Associates:
pro: arrangement and sound are very radio-ish, very stringent arrangement, nice details, great harmonies. Slap some vocals on it and it's played in radio stations on the Balkans or some mediterranean islands. It IS trancy and a bit cheesy, but it's the kind of cheesy I really love. Reminds a bit of a Soda Inc. remix from "Inner Vision" times. Proper!
10/10

Qbican@remix:
pro: dreamy atmosphere
con: the sequence coming in at 01:47 seems to be out of sync, the dramaturgy lacks a bit and the arrangement is missing some detail and focus
5/10

Ville Nikkanen Remix:
pro: nice reconstruction of the original sequence by turning it into an arpeggio
con: lacks a proper bassline, pretty heavy on the mids and treble, the part after 06:27 is a bit of "too many ideas" or too many melody lines playing at once, making it lose focus, arrangement could be a bit more DJ-friendly
5/10

Sava Boric Remix:
pro: I like heavy bass drums:)
con: track loses focus after 02:57, it sounds like a new track is playing that has no connection with the part from before, the arrangement lacks detail and is too linear
5/10

Scerbas Remix:
pro: nice chopping up of the bassline in the beginning
con: the new bassline doesn't fit, arrangement lacks detail and buildup, too linear
06/10

Kirk Jones 2011 Progressive Remix:
pro: really digging the beginning here until 02:01 when the groove totally changes
con: it's a bit too long, if it was like 07:00, it would be easier to keep the suspension but this way it remains a bit flat and feels lengthy
6/10

Kyka Remix:
pro: completely different vibe than the original in the beginning
con: the vibe changes during the tune (which is not necessarily a bad thing) but here, I also find the parts to be a bit disconnected as if it was a mashup of two different tracks
7/10

Dj Miss Gwen:
pro: a lady producer - that's always to be supported, nice strict groove
con: a bit too dry and direct, too close to the original, the break is a bit too long
5/10

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 2

Following up on yesterday's part 1 of the remix reviews, here is part 2 with the next ten contributions.

Freaking Wildchild's IDM-n-glitched mix:
pro: totally different approach, adds some signature (which the Andy Moore mix lacks), really liking the sharp drums and that strict groove, lots of detail in the arrangement
6/10

Paul Greenway Remix:
pro: what I said about Freaking Wildchild's mix, this has the signature of the remixer all over it, drums are damn smashing in your face, new harmonic context
con: a bit short but that's something that can be fixed
6.5/10

Scandalo De Lux by Macduda:
pro: the beats and the bassline are full of energy as well as the trancy peaktime/big room stabs
con: that first sequence. It is, umm, it is really cheesy and sounds dated. Retro is all cool and that but this thing is such an essential part of the remix, it just doesn't do it for me
5/10

Leaking Shell Remix:
pro: that bass, that groove, that sound, the buildup in the break
con: antiphase noise effect, this will cancel on a mono PA but that's easy to fix.
8/10

Nick Fay Remix:
pro: there's one thing Nick Fay is good at - deliver. DJ-friendly arrangement, nice details and FX sounds, cool re-interpretation of the original bassline, nice buildup & layering towards the big break and when the beat drops back in after, sounding very solid (and I don't mean that because it's louder/mastered but because it sounds very compact)
con: the histrings are a bit too loud
9/10

Chuter remix:
pro: usually, using "interesting" is not a good sign but in this case, I mean in in the best sense of the word. That's something totally new and innovative, it's just inspired by the original and uses the percussion loop, the rest reminds me a bit of the things you can do with a looper, creating dense atmospheres and layers of guitar riffs.
con: it lacks some bass percussion - the way it's now, it's more kind of Ambient Rock if you will, adding some breakbeat aka Prodigy or Chemical Brothers could turn this into a massive bouncer
7/10

Semchuk RainyDay Remix:
pro: putting the original parts into a new harmonic context is something I really like, nice details in the arrangement, sounding very solid also, while the original is a summer tune, this one has a cold quality, indeed reminiscent of a rainy day
7/10

Ilias Katelanos Remix:
pro: it's a bit unfair maybe but Ilias being greek and well familiar with the Aegean Sea definitely seems to have an advantage here:) The suspension is constantly built up until the Aegean theme drops in at 02:00. At 02:49 you'd think that was the tune and it's going done again but that's not happening. It goes higher and higher, like a sunrise in the Aegean when the starry sky fades and all the shades of night grey are replaced by intense colours. A great bridge track for DJs going from deep to more housier stuff.
10/10

Simon T's Dark Lantern mix:
pro: did I already mention I like putting things in a different harmonic context? Here's a dark and techy re-interpretation with lots of detail, dubby delays and lovely sound selection. Simon's signature all over the tune
9/10

Brandon Villa's earthrumental mix:
pro: nice atmosphere, quite chill
con: pitches don't match, lacks focus
2/10

discoDSP present: Pesto Remix Contest 2011 - the reviews pt. 1

So, the Pesto Remix Contest 2011 is closed. We have 50 contributions, among them some really great ones. What's left to say at this point? First of all, a big thank you to all artists who remixed "Aegean"! To be honest, I did not expect such a massive amount of reworks and even if I don't rate yours that high, I still appreciate you taking the time and putting some effort in finishing one (or more) mixes. That was awesome!

Also worth a mention is detailed feedback I have for all you remix artists. I went through the tunes a couple of times, made notes, changed my mind sometimes, made more notes, came up with a grade for your rework. I thought if there's a total of 10 points, both you and I would have a good scale. Since I'll also publish detailed feedback here, today starting with part 1 aka the first 10 remixes in chronological order of their submitting, I'll also need to explain some words/terms I'm using.

Here's that "glossary":

detail: Detail is used in terms of arrangement. Imagine, you have a track of 06:30 running time and from beginning to end, the same drum loop is running without any variation. That means the "detail" rate is zero - no changes, no variation. If you're using filter sweeps, mute the bassdrum or any other element for short breaks, add crash cymbals, sweep FX and the likes, you're adding detail to the tune. I know a couple of tunes that have nearly zero detail but because the main hook is so detailed by itself, the track is working. On a sidenote, you can also add too much detail which causes the tune to fall apart and make it sound confusing. Detail often goes hand in hand with...

focus: You have the beats, a bassline, a lead/hook, pads, strings, another piano line. The human ear (or the brain for that matter) can only focus on three melodies playing at the same time. A producer's task therefore is to decide which elements are important and thus will have the focus put on. If it's getting too much, you cannot focus or the tune lacks focus. This can both be an engineering issue as well as an arrangement/composing issue. If you have five different melody lines playing at once but you lead the listener's focus to just one or two of them, the other lines will be considered less important or accompany. If they're all equally prioritised, the listener feels getting lost. A listener CAN focus on one thing though and listen to just one of the melodies but since the producer is the captain, it's his/her decision on which part to put the focus on. A producer is leading the listener.

signature: Does it sound like the latest XYZ sample pack or is there some element that sets the tune apart from others? No problem with using sample packs at all but if you just utilise premade construction kits by somebody else, the outcome will sound like a tune by somebody else and not you. Signature can be very subtile or very obvious. Obvious examples are Stock/Aitken/Waterman, the producers of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama and many more back in the 1980ies. Totally different artists/performers but the tracks always had the same "sound", the same feel. Or Björk: different producers, yet all her tunes share a similar quality. You can listen to a Björk tune and know immediately it's one of hers, even without hearing the voice. A good example for subtile "signature" is Trevor Horn: what does Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Seal have in common? At first sight, not much but the closer you listen, you discover similar production techniques being used.

Another thing that's important for me when it comes to remixes: I'm fully aware that "remix" in its original form stems from a different time. Usually, it was an engineer having 24 or 32 (or more) tracks from tape laid out on the console. The faders were set to certain levels and so were the equalizers and FX. A remix in the 1960ies or 1970ies simply meant a different mixdown of the same tune, just with altered levels creating an alternate version in a technical/engineering sense (very roughly speaking). During the last 20 years of Dance music, the term "remix" has more turned into "use some of the original tracks/stems and put them in a whole new context or make a completely new tune out of the remix pack". I like that more creative approach and I'm usually making remixes following that philosophy. A good example is my "Babe-A-Pella" of Soda Inc.'s "Night Fever". I was heavily involved in making the original but a few years later, I took the original stems, looked at them from a new perspective and made a remix that could be considered a "new original". The remix stayed on top of Beatport's deep charts and remained in DJ sets a couple of months during the summer of 2007 BECAUSE it was, in fact, a new tune, just making use of some of the original elements.

Today, remixers are being asked to rework a tune because of their signature. You have this tune but want it in ABC flavour? Ask ABC for a remix. What would it sound like if DEF had the same vocal to work on? Ask DEF for a remix. You get the picture.

Enough introduction, here are the reviews for the first ten Aegean remixes:



Coce Remix:
pro: nice cutting up of the stems, same sounds put into new context, nice groove
6/10

Miguel Libre Sundown Remix:
pro: completely new vibe, goes into a more organic direction, creates new harmonic context
con: Aegean hook line coming in at 02:00 doesn't fit the harmonies, arrangement a bit too linear and flat, not too many highs and lows
4/10

beaTTrate 118bpm Remix:
pro: simple but effective groove, nice chopping and re-arrangement of the original parts
con: chord stabs introduced in the second break (after 04:00) don't correspond with the other sounds that well, sound a bit alien in there, the two beaks are a bit close to each other, making the tune lose a lot of energy
4/10

beaTTrate 122bpm Remix:
pro: pretty similar setup as in the 118bpm version but the arrangement works better for me
con: chord stabs see 118bpm Remix
5/10

Trogers Liquid Housemade Deli:
pro: bandpass-filtered bassline sounds interesting, also liking the different (break)beat.
con: loops not in sync at 03:11, hats a bit too hissy, definitely lacking bass, too long or arrangement a bit too flat
5/10

GreenKloref minimal Remix:
pro: bassline sound at 03:44 is cool
con: the pitches don't match, sounds a bit like the parts were wildly thrown together, "too many ideas" for one tune, heavily lacking focus
2/10

GreenKloref down remix:
pro: definitely more focused than the minimal Remix but still sounds a bit confused
con: if you make music, get the pitch straight, some people do not notice when things don't go together (or are off by a few cents) but I do
3/10

GreenKloref Ayobaness Remix:
con: same beat as in the former two remixes, sounds nearly identical except for some exchanged patches, sounds odd again and too flat arrangement-wise
2/10

GreenKloref remix:
pro: fourth try, more focused
cons: the sounds again, you should ask yourself if you would play such a tune or if you would buy it. If the answer is "no", then start over and try once more. Rather than doing four remixes, focus on doing one fat one
2/10

Andy Moore Remix:
pro: arrangement to the point, could have a little more detail though such as risers and downers/boom-ish FX or crashes or something with a similar function
con: sounds a bit like the whole tune was recorded in a bathroom - could be Logic's Modulation Delay plug in that can be used to broaden the sound, doesn't sound good here for me as it subtracts a lot of the punch, the overall sound is very dry, too little variation in the arrangement, a bit too close to the original for my taste.
5/10

New Column: Haters Gonna Hate

Every time I'm on Beatport, I make the same mistake and listen to genre charts to get a feeling for what people are currently buying. It's usually just a matter of minutes until the veins on my neck and head are getting swollen in anger, disgust and/or sheer desperation.

Since we all know that's not healthy, my lama advised me to get rid of my hard feelings and establish my inner balance again. Easier said than done - some of the music offered (not so bad) and being purchased (that IS bad) is not only not my taste, I've come to accept that people have a different taste in music, but is plain crap, cheap, impertinently awful...wait, my veins...counting to 10.

Ok, I'm calm again.

So, what I'll be doing here is embedding a Beatport Top 10 player and drop one or two sentences on each tune. It's not going to make me a lot of new friends but this way, I'll be getting this off my chest and maybe you'll have a good laugh here or there, add your comment if you agree or disagree. We'll see.

Here's the current Top 10. Please be aware that these are the 10 best selling tracks on Beatport, regardless of their genre. These are the hits. This is what people buy, play and like. Yeah, I know, it's hard to believe.



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01. That's a cool little groover, I'd definitely play this and it's all over the summer playlists. But this is the best selling tune? Ok, the lyrics are cool. Better this one then the next in the list.

02. The Clash. Are you kidding me? I mean, they're a cool band and stuff (and this wasn't their best tune imo) but do we really need more of these crossover rip offs? I wonder if this sample is licensed and how much that was. Other than that, it's a beat with somebody else's musical performance playing offbeat. 30mins and the track is done, mastering it probably took longer.

03. I remember Alex Kenji as an artist that made cool tracks. Are there two of them? But since this is a remix, maybe the original is better but I honestly don't want to know. We all need to pay our rent - this one will pay for the next six months at least. But did it really have to be that stutt-te-te-te-ter effect?

04. Nic Fanciuli, proper track, no complaints. Except for that vocal. If you're a kid of the 1990ies, you would have heard this on approximately 1,235 other tracks. If you were born later, you might find "groove is hypnotizing" to be a great punchline when having your first experiences with narcotics.

05. Oh your God! Everything about this "track" is just wrong. The buildup, the kick rolls, this "hey make that effect like on that Angello track", that bassline sound, the cheap synths. Your homework for tomorrow: find out which classical piece was robbed here. The first will win a free beer. I mean, I will drink one on you.

06. Disclaimer: I don't play Dubstep. But there are cool tracks, indeed. Every now and then, I find some cool british stuff (plus MCs with Cockney accent). I understand why people like this kind of music. This track though takes all the rubbish from other genres to amalgamate it into an epic stinking piece of shit: cliché dubstep synths (Magix Music Maker - get the Dubstep expansion now!), Gaga-ish trance chords, empty and stupid self-referential rhymes, voices that are the exact opposite of unique (hey, that one guy sounds like 2Live Crew - google that, kids).

07. Fedde Le Grand went into a secret studio session with Scooter. The Scooter guys took the best track and made it their current single, what can be heard here are the discarded leftovers that Fedde saved from the trashcan. Recovery software galore, even though it appears that some of the audio files were corrupted. But playing back digital noise at 0dB DFS is just fucking loud and that's what counts.

08. Hey, I've never heard that scream sample before! I wonder if Afrojack performed it in an intense studio session to make it sound so distinctive. All these synth lines and arpeggios are so incredibly cheap and small sounding, I'd sue the manufacturer of the construction kit. But this lifter effect - wow, not from this world.

09. This track is ok. Nothing special but not bad. Its lyrics ("what happens that...") are also inspired by some classic sample I've forgotten the source. But it's a shaker, good for open air venues, has a positive vibe, doesn't hurt.

10. Mark Knight has some proper tunes in his catalogue, no doubt about that. This is not one of them. It has "hit" written all over it and that's what I don't like. Sure, mission accomplished - if David Guetta can do it why not try as well? At least the timbre of the vocalist is more pleasant than Kelly Rowland. The rest is Casio (cheap plastic) and predictable.

Ok, I can't take no more - feel free to browse the next 10 superhits.

Jonny Calypso & Donique - Let The Beat Control Your Body

Fresh out the oven just today, I'm happy to announce two more remixes I did. This time for Jonny Calypso and Donique on the Houserecordings label. Some Acid or some Tech House? Up to you:



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Mediterranean Vibes: listen to all tracks in full length

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Released as a Beatport exclusive just yesterday, we have a special goody for you.

From now on, we will post full length tracks to Pesto Music's YouTube channel. All tracks will be organized in playlists so you have the whole release in proper track order, excellent audio quality and can share either the playlist or individual tracks with your friends. If you feel ripping the YouTube file is appropriate rather than supporting the artists and appreciating our service, you're an idiot:)

As a consequence, we will get rid of our Flash-based MP3 player in the sidebar, thus making pesto.de a better experience for users of Apple's iOS devices and other gadgets not supporting Flash or users who refuse to install the plugin [update: once Google has fixed the problems]. On top of that, the page load times will decrease. We will switch to the new sidebar later today.

We will begin with Pesto EP003 "Mediterranean Vibes" and constantly add our older releases. That will also mean we'll add the YouTube playlists to our catalogue section, where you can research our releases and artists.

Here we go:





Pesto EP003: V.A. - Mediterranean Vibes excl. on Beatport

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An unusually dry April and May with lots of warm and sunny days have set us in summer mode early this year.

To pick up that feeling and bring it to you, we have just released what we would call a proper summer soundtrack. Say hi to the third installment of our multi-artist Pesto EP titled "Mediterranean Vibes".

"Mediterranean Vibes" makes the full circle from really deep and chilly beach tracks with a gentle tribal touch such as "Shake This" by KountDown Project, over a dubby and atmospheric re-interpretation of Christos Fourkis' "About Me" by EDM veteran Bobby Deep, to bouncy and uplifting House tunes like "Rhythm Xord" by J Kar. When the sun has set, you can begin the evening with Helly Larson's bumping "The Sea" tune, drop John Sweet's "Don't Forget", an atmospheric mover, just to give the crazy clubbers what they need with pure peaktime material "Success" by Fair Play Knight.

The tracks have found lots of fans in the global DJ community, causing DJ mixes to pop up on the net containing one or another tune from the EP. We'll follow up on that in brief and present you a couple of brand new mixes that are worth having.

"Mediterranean Vibes" is out exclusive on Beatport today, the 26th May 2011, all other stores will follow 9th June 2011.

track list:
01. KountDown Project - Shake This
02. Christos Fourkis - About Me (Bobby Deep Remix)
03. J Kar - Rhythm Xord 
04. Helly Larson - The Sea
05. John Sweet - Don't Forget
06. Fair Play Knight - Successful (Dub)



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G-Spice - Deep Breath: Spin Science & Jon Silva RMXs out today!

What do Athens, Yerevan, Talinn and Cologne have in common? G-Spice from Athens has just released his Deep Breath EP on Yerevan's "Low Flow Records" containing remixes by Talinn's Spin Science and, you guessed it already, Cologne's Jon Silva. Take a deep breath and check out the lovely release below - it's out exclusive on Beatport:



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discoDSP present: the Pesto Music Remix Contest 2011

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If you follow Pesto Music's activity, you will surely have noticed a lot of remix business going on. Be it either remixes by other artists for Pesto or Jon Silva remixes for other labels.
So far, these remix arrangements were done by personal contact or asking Pestoleros for a favour. You usually do not notice much of the work that's going on behind the scenes. Today, we'll make an exception.

We are happy to announce the first open remix contest on Pesto Music! #prmx

The tune in question is Jon Silva's "Aegean", first released back in the summer of 2007 on our very first 2.0 compilation. Now, we're looking forward to releasing a remastered original along with brand new remixes. Any genre goes, the parts/stems are a free download and on top of that, you can also win a free license for a softsynth.

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Our sponsor for this contest is Spain's discoDSP, makers of outstanding software synthesizers - with the "Discovery" plug in being their elite product. Please check out discoDSP's web site to see their product range and buy a license in case you're not among the first two winners;)



Here's the quick pitch:

track to remix: Jon Silva - Aegean
prizes: first winner receives a free license for discoDSP's "Discovery Pro" synth plugin (worth 149EUR) plus a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto, second winner receives a free license for discoDSP's "Discovery" synth plugin (worth 75EUR) plus a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto, third winner gets a release on the "Aegean" remix single on Pesto plus fame
rules: contestants must be 18 years or older
deadline: 18th June 2011

Please find the remix parts/stems and more details on our dedicated remix! page.

HouseRiders & Microphunk - Close Your Eyes: remix pack incl. Jon Silva mix out now!

Mr. Microphunk of Deeper Shades of House fame (hey Lars, how's it going?) and acclaimed remixer of Bruno From Ibiza's "Delicia" on Pesto014 has just teamed up with the canadian tag team "HouseRiders". Together, they've made a great release on Italy's "Aenaria" label called "Close Your Eyes".

I've already had the great pleasure to remix Berny's "Shplatten" on Aenaria and this is my second Jon Silva remix for the italian guys. I'm happy to announce the Jon Silva remix, reminiscent of the 2007 sound, infused with heavy doses of dub, deep house and some vocoding.

There are more awesome mixes contained - please check them out in the Beatport player below:


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KountDown Project - Time 2 Get Up: remix pack incl. Jon Silva edit out today!

It's the year 2005. Summer. A certain Mr. Shayan and me is booked for a Soda Inc. live set & DJ gig in Ibiza's legendary Space venue. When we're finished with doing what we were supposed to, some italian boy approaches me - apparently having enjoyed the gig lots. We're exchanging emails as he's asking for a recording of said set. Back at home, I receive a message from Marcello, saying "hi", praising the gig once more in the warmest words you can imagine and cautiously asking for the recording. Me telling him I have it somewhere but gotta find it first. Me looking for the CDs with the recorded set, unable to find it.

Marcello, quite some time later (maybe one or two years - I don't remember exactly) asking for the recordings again. I'm promising to search in my warehouse which I do but without any success. I know I have the recording but where among those 3,987 CDs are the two we're both after?

Skip to 2011. Spring. A certain Marcello gets in touch again, this time asking for a remix of one of his and his mates' tune. And there, I deliver. :)

It gets even better: I'm signing two tracks from the KountDown Project, one of which will be on the upcoming Pesto EP003. And for f**k's sake, I will find that recording. One day. I swear!



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PestoMix 017 by Nestora

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Referring to yesterday's post, I'd like to drop a few words on long lasting qualities of DJ mixes. Today's PestoMix by Nestora, hailing from Athens, Greece is one such mix - no wonder, it's a PestoMix, indeed.

In all fairness, I have to admit that I received it back in January already and wondered if it may sound dated or would have a certain winter feeling attached to it. After having listened a couple of times during the past few days, I noticed that my doubts were completely pointless: sunny and warm days in Cologne, Caipirinha tasting good again (for me, it doesn't during the cold winter months) and this PestoMix went together pretty well. After writing a short message to Nestora on Facebook, he felt the same way - release the mix because the vibe is great regardless of the season outside.

Nestora is quite new to the Deep House family as a producer, the labels he released on since 2008 are all highly reputated though and belong to what I'd say is the top notch of underground deepness (and good Pesto friends as well): Disclosure Project Recordings, Acryl, Etoka, Cabrio are all names that should ring some bell if you're a frequent visitor here. Nestora definitely has a signature sound which becomes apparent when browsing through his tracks on SoundCloud or his releases on Beatport. I sincerely hope to add him to the Pesto roster one day as well but that depends on me receiving a demo and replying on time before another label signed it ;)

Ta-da...PestoMix 017 by Nestora, here's the (timeless) track list:

01. Craig Stewart - Make Me (Da Funk's Numb Soul Remix) [Acryl Music]
02. Pablo Fierro - Flashes In My Head [Cover Music]
03. Jon Silva - Got 2 Have U [Aquamarine]
04. Kikis - New Wave [Spring Tube]
05. Kikis - Don't Stop [Spring Tube]
06. Replika - Empty Beds (Deepsoundexpress Remix) [Aquamarine]
07. Branco Von Holleben & Bruno Be - Dig Deeper [Conya]
08. Marvin Zeyss - Herz (Frankman Remix) [FM Digital]
09. Vincenzo - The Clearing (Dub) [Dessous]
10. Sebastian Davidson & Nick Orisun - Future (Jon Silva Dark Dub) [Conya]
11. Helly Larson - Hot [Soul Industries]
12. Tracey Thorn - Why Does The Wind (Andre Lodemann Remix) [Buzzin' Fly]

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Why we don't put out one or two releases each month

So, there you look at the Pesto discography. 15 singles to date, a couple of compilations with exclusive tracks and two EPs. What's your guess on how old that label is? One year or a bit more? Wrong! Pesto Music as an idea came to birth in 2001, the first release on vinyl was in 2003. "Eight years in operation and all you came up with is this meager number of releases?" you may ask. And while we agree that indeed it's not a lot of releases, we would like to direct your focus away from the sheer number of output to the quality of our releases.

There are other labels, especially those without well known names in their artist roster that put out a single each and every week. The majority of their releases being plain crap, there are still some nice ones - the pearls - among them. These labels follow a lead that can be best described as follows: many releases lead to more visibilty and acknowledgement in the scene, the few superb records we have will skyrocket. That's one possible way of seeing things and it's proven to work. I don't have a problem with that attitude at all as I see it's a way of promoting a label in a cost-effective manner. You can still focus on quality later and decrease your release rate. Just by being present, these labels gain attention - nothing wrong with that.

So what are we doing here at Pesto Music? We focus on a specific quality. You probably won't see Pesto releases in the sales charts of download services too often (well, they are in fact) and they're never the next over-hyped thing. Pesto releases have long-standing qualities which excludes releasing hits that you're tired to listen in six months. Whenever I send the Pesto Music catalogue to somebody who's not familiar with it, they are always surprised by the release date and tell me that our stuff doesn't sound dusted at all.

In addition, a lot of focus goes into the track list. Looking at our Pesto EPs, you will find six tracks by various artists there. And even if we have 20 signed tracks, ready to be released, that doesn't automatically mean we have the next three EPs. Lots of dedication is put into compiling those EPs. Are these two tracks too similar vibe wise? Is this one a bit too far off sound wise? Isn't that one too hard for the rest of that playlist? Could it be that this one is better put on the next 2.0 or toolbox compilation rather than on this EP? Lots of things that have to be considered in order to create a lovely package for you. That also means listening to possible track listings 20, 30, sometimes even 50 times.

"Is all this effort worth it" you ask? Well, from an economic standpoint, it surely isn't. We'd be way better off if we released more and maybe sign weaker tracks.

But in the end, it's that philosophy that we stick to. We want Pesto Music to be a label known for its distinctive style, for its musical quality and for the love we put in every "product". In the far future, when we intend to retire, we want to listen to our catalogue, nodding our heads to every groove, feel the bass of any track, have memories stirred up connected with those tunes, pay attention to the lyrics, sip on our drink, lean back with a big smile on our face and say "Yeah, that's definitely the way WE wanted to it!"

Celebrate Deep House with Pesto Music!

Cherry Pickers, an inhouse label of Believe Digital - Europe's leading digital distributor - has picked two of our releases for their latest compilation. "Celebrate Deep House Vol. 2" is available exclusive from Beatport starting today. The compilation contains Jon Silva's "Terrace Mix" of Bruno From Ibiza's "Delicia" (also available on Pesto 014) as well as Processing Vessel's "One Night Stand" from our first Pesto EP "Deep Discoveries".
We are happy to see our Pestoleros in the good company of Florian Kruse, Evren Ulusoy, Bas Amro, Maya Jane Coles and too many more to mention. Check it out in the player below:



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Evren Ulusoy - Chord Interrupted: remix pack out incl. Jon Silva two mixes

A huge pack with first class remix artists for a deluxe artist. I don't think I need to introduce any of the names on this EP here and I'm really happy to be part of this. Out exclusive on Beatport today.



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In the works

Whooaa...long time, no update. But hey, I have a good excuse: I've been tirelessly working on great new remixes and tracks of my own for release later this year.

There's a dedicated set on Soundcloud with all the stuff that's currently being in the works and I'd like to take the chance and introduce that set to you today (and give you an incentive to follow Pesto Music on Soundcloud for that matter). Check this out:



Most of the tracks aren't mastered, some even do not have a proper mixdown. But you surely get the idea I'm after with any specific thingy I'm working on and I'd love to hear your comments - good or bad. Some of the tunes have been released meanwhile, just click the buy button at the right hand side. I have updated some of them with the final versions just a minute ago and will add a couple of tracks later today so stay tuned for more.

PestoMix 016 by Daxxel c/o Karisma Chronicles

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PestoMixes have been made by artists from different countries and it's hard to believe that to this day, we did not have any by a French DJ. Time to change that!

Maxime Ménard, also known as Daxxel and the man behind the Karisma Chronicles podcast, hails from the shores of Brittany in the North West of France. I've already had the great pleasure to supply Maxime with a guest mix and put myself on the ever growing list of top notch artists such as Budai & Vic, The Timewriter, Krummstoff, Cooccer, Edmund, Da Funk, Kruse & Nürnberg and many, many more names you've surely heard before.

Today, Daxxel returns the favour with a deep and bouncing PestoMix and going over that track list lets you already imagine a superb kickstarter for a Saturday night. The mix also works on different days though - I have listened to it on rotation the last days.

Here's what you get on PestoMix 016 by Daxxel:

01. Two Armadillos - Je Suis Differente [STHMLaudio]
02. The Messenger - Your Love [Soul Industries]
03. Leif - Priority Feat. Donna Lea [Fear Of Flying]
04. Nikola Gala - Broken Chords [Freerange]
05. A Few Dudes - Nice Trip (Replika's Trippin Cut) [Deepology Digital]
06. Astraglide - Only You [Ambiosphere]
07. Oriol Calvo, Tetsuya Ura - Not Yet [Extremly House]
07. Yud Kei - Grace Emotion (Sea Of Wonder Mix) [M.O.D.A - Music Fashion]
08. Onur Ozman - Midnight Talk (Astraglide Astral Remix) [Ambiosphere]
09. Patryk Molinari - Some Old Some New [Pesto]

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Jon Silva remixes spotted in the wild

Whoaaa...long time no update on this page. Actually, this is another good reason to follow me on twitter and Facebook as there have been countless updates during the last weeks. For instance, there was coverage on the amazing goulash soup from Jon Silva's kitchen, served at the björkvin booth on January's Bread & Butter trade show in Berlin, including pictures. I also mentioned the release dates of a couple of my remixes and posted links to videos on YouTube. Anyway, here's everything you may have missed since the last blog post on pesto.de (or pestomusic.com), condensed into one neat post.

Let's begin with the remix that's been out first. Released on 18th Jan (the second day of my Berlin week), we have "Believe" released via my bulgarian friends from U.S.B. Here's the full tune from Pesto Music's Soundcloud profile, a Beatport link is included on the Soundcloud page for that tune or will be displayed if you click on the "down" arrow at the right hand side of the player. A link to the track on YouTube will be shown by clicking on the info button above said arrow symbol:



We are staying in eastern Europe, going up a bit north to Romania and that's where Addex resides. I've had the great pleasure to remix his tune "Gratitude" that features Christoph Kardek (going further north west if you will) from France. My remix is part of a couple of other really must-hear reworks of Addex's album "Moments in timeless strings" on the highly reputated Etoka label. I posted this one to my Soundcloud account as well: there's a set named "What I'm currently working on" with - you guessed it - stuff that I'm currently mangling through my magic music making machine here. Since there are so many other cool mixes, I'll post the Beatport player here instead:



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The last stop of our little journey through Europe takes us further westward to the beautiful city of Madrid in Spain. That's the homebase of the fresh Alma Soul imprint, a label that has failed to disappoint with its releases and I'm happy to be a member of their ever growing artist roster. I was asked to remix Ramiro Lopez' "Gift Co". Which I did and found myself on the release that just came out today, together with a long time Pestolero and supporter, a certain Mr. K-Bana:)

Here's that Beatport player:



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Pesto EP002: V.A. - Booty Shakers out now [and charting]

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A bit late with the update as Pesto EP002 "Booty Shakers" is already out since 5th January 2011 but here we go.

First, we have Cooccer from Stuttgart, Germany - resident at the legendary Climax club inventing a completely new genre. "Elarina" should be filed under DubDisco because of the massive bass line going under some discoid snippets and a strict groove. Cooccer just broke Climax' visitor record last December. We'll investigate further if this is related to his release;)

Up next, we have Eire's finest Andy O' Donoghue with "Kick Back", a monotonous stomper with a remarkable piano chord, suitable both for early and late hours on the floor - toolish and a must-have in any DJ's sleeve.

Third in the row is "Access" by Norman Creed and Patryk Molinari featuring some not so unknown spoken words in the break on top of a roaring bassline. Patryk just had a smasher out on Greelpound Records while both of the Berlin based guys released awesome choons on our first EP "Deep Discoveries" a couple of weeks ago.

"Rainbows & Butterflies" comes from Dubai and Mumbai in the shape of Sam Farsio and Arnold Misquitta aka Socio Robots. This hot duo is destined to make it big in 2011 and their contribution to "Booty Shakers" is just another proof of their quality. These guys have been played by all top notch jocks and this tune is no different rather than another reason for their global success.

Then, we have a young talent from FYROM aka Macedonia (please don't start arguments on the meaning of "Macedonia" mkay?) who I've had already the pleasure to rock a night with: Nick Fay. "Your Love" is a plain peaktime full floor smasher that will get any crowd going. Huge breakdown, fat beats, catchy vocal - this one has all it takes!

Last but not least there's Russia's Ivan Weber who contributes a piece reminiscient of "Le Champagne" by Trentemøller in the first place. Ivan evolves "People Are Strange" to new heights though by employing a massive synth riff that ends up in a huge, messy and dirty break - just to catch up with the groove from before.

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[update: "Booty Shakers" just entered the Deep House album charts on Juno Download at #53]
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Pesto EP002: Booty Shakers video teaser #1

So I had some three hours time and this idea spinning around in my head. I knew I wanted to make a video clip for "Booty Shakers" but I was sure it had to be different. So there's this dance place that I see when I look outside the bathroom window. I have this camcorder. I know how to use Apple Logic. I have a microphone. I admire some Pop acts for the simplicity of their music and message.

In other words: how to make a fool of yourself in public in the desperate hope it will help your artists' sales. Check this out:



I might add that this song, of course, is not part of "Booty Shakers" - a video teaser with all tracks featured on Pesto EP002 will be available in brief.