Pesto 017: Addex - Rumble In The Bronx preview on SoundCloud

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Been a long time you last heard from us but Pesto is back with a slamming new single.

This time, Romania's Addex is our man featuring his signature atmospheric deep sound on "Rumble In The Bronx". Small vocal chops are laid out on a stomping beat, keeping the tune dry and direct in the first third. Guitar snips and chord stabs take the tune towards a lush breakdown, just to return to that steady groove with the help of shiny cymbals.

Greece's Ilias Katelanos sticks to the deepness factor of the original but introduces a slightly shakier groove, adding some congas and a pulsating synth line. A classic Deep House bass line gives this tune a bit more chest-bumping than the original, making it ideal for an early evening purpose.

From Denmark, we have DeepWit's head honcho Alvaro Hylander who extracts the pads from the original to lay them on an infectious, deeply pumping drums and bass foundation. Punching kick, lower than low bass and an even housier groove turn this into a floor-filling rework, perfect for pre-peaktime sets.

Nadja Lind, that lovely fairy from Berlin eventually invites us on a trip to deep Dub land. The guitar samples play a major role here, being nicely used on top of a trippy atmosphere, chords being added when the remix returns to a heavily Basic Channel-ish infected groove work, let alone the truly rumbling bass. Beach venues will appreciate this mix.

Finally, Addex himself offers a more stripped down Dub of the great Original, with an amazing bass line full of balearic goodness. A hi string is introducing a soft hook line that keeps floating on this ride-driven, lush package of fantastic deepness. Summer vibe might be a good description here as well.

catalogue #: Pesto 017
artist: Addex
title: Rumble In The Bronx
release date: 10th July 2012 worldwide

track list:
01. Rumble In The Bronx (Original)
02. Rumble In The Bronx (Ilias Katelanos Remix)
03. Rumble In The Bronx (Alvaro Hylander Remix)
04. Rumble In The Bronx (Nadja Lind Remix)
05. Rumble In The Bronx (Dub)




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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Pesto 015: Christian G. - Deep Reflection out excl. on Beatport

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Released just yesterday as a Beatport exclusive, we are proud to present you our first australian Pestolero (wait, maybe that would rather be a Pestoleroo?). "Deep Reflection" on Pesto 015 comes with an updated version - Organ Chugg Mix 2010 - of Christian G.'s original, featured on our "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" compilation. Next in the pack is a Jon Silva remix, reminiscent of the mid 1990ies Deep House sound. Following the Original from 2009 in a remastered version, we have a storming techy remix by Herbert Pryne who just recently had the honour to remix one of Anne Clark's tunes.

Christian Giovannis aka Christian G. from Sydney, Australia began his passion for music and DJing in 1988. He made his debut on a number of local community radio stations presenting current underground releases in a commercially dominant environment. Soon after he explored his creativity and passion for music by pursuing a life long dream in DJing which to this day continues to play a big part of his life.

With 22 years at the helm, Christian has been through the ups and downs of the music and dance scene. He has played in all of Sydney's major clubs showcasing his technical ability and programming skills to packed dance floors. Reading crowds week in week out made him a favourite amongst the clubbing crowd and establishing a reputation as a DJ's DJ.

From the days of turntables and mixed tapes right up to current technology he has kept in touch with the mechanics of the trade with an emphasis on DJ programming. More recently he produced his own blend of deep grooving numbers with a remix of Harry Vincent's Rapture on Plastic City which also features on a mix by Soda Inc (Plastic City - Maybe). Christian continues to push and share the love of deep house music through many forms of media, mixed sets and has regular DJ mix slots on www.chugg.net.au, Sydney's number 1 Deep House radio station. In addition he has appeared a special guest with regular spins on FBI radio in Sydney by Sydney DJ James Locksmith from FBI & Jembe Music.

Besides being deeply involved in music, Christian is a talented photographer as well. The cover artwork for Pesto 015 "Deep Reflection" is actually one of his brilliant shots. If you would like to check out more of his photographic works, make sure you spend some time on his photography page.

Mr. Christian G can also be found on Facebook, Soundcloud and twitter.


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Why I like David Guetta, Cascade, Ke$ha and the likes

"It's complicated, it always is - that's just the way it goes" - these are the words Kelly Rowland (of former Destiny's Child fame) kicks off her vocal part with in David Guetta's global smash hit "When Love Takes Over". And the meaning of these words also describe one of the main conflicts Dance artists have to face: either make "cool" music for the underground but don't know how to pay your rent or prostitute yourself by making dance music with mass appeal while losing your street credibility at the same time.
Example? I just posted via twitter that I like Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor" and a few minutes later, I had three "friends" less on Facebook.

To tell you honestly, my first touch with electronic music wasn't Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, the artists usually quoted in interviews (although I love Kraftwerk!). My first contact with electronic sounds were with what is called Euro Trash: Technotronic, Capella, Corona - to name but a few. If you are too young to remember (or too ashamed of), here's what I mean:

Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam



Capella - U Got 2 Know



Corona - The Rhythm Of The Night



No doubt, my big brother also had a huge impact on me as he was listening to grey imports from the US at that time. Long before these tunes were breaking in Germany (if they ever did), my bro had the 12" vinyls at home and I used to steal them from his locker and listen to Donna Allen, Princess (produced by the infamous Stock/Aitken/Waterman trio who would be writing the tune for the Rickroll meme years later), Todd Terry and many more Black Music/Dance/Funk artists from the USA's east coast or the UK.

Donna Allen - Serious



Royal House (aka Todd Terry) - Can You Party



Princess - Say I'm Your Number One



So when I was 20, back in 1996, I started making music with Len Faki after having tweaked sounds just for myself for a couple of years. I was introduced to illegal Goa parties, listened to Trance (which wasn't pure plastic back then - anyone remember Sven Väth's label Eye-Q?) and then slowly got into Techno by founding the "monoid" imprint together with Len back in 1997.

I felt I needed to move away from the cheesy Eurodance stuff, reduce melodies to a minimum, focus on groove, beats and "crazy" sounds until Len and me developed the "Lexicon" sound on Plastic City. "Lexicon" was a fusion of House and Techno, still not devoted to melodies but more going into a melodic direction as opposed to the sound we released on monoid. "Lexicon" was anticipated as "the german Daft Punk" back then with support from national celebrities such as Markus Kavka of MTV News who sent a raving email to Plastic City, expressing how much he enjoyed our first album "The Lessons".

But it shouldn't be before 2003 when I went back to my roots and discovered "Trance" and melodies again by forming the Soda Inc. project with Babak Shayan. We fused DeepHouse and Trance - never heard before at that time - and there was just one label believing in what we did called Plastic City. At that time, a lot of my buddies wondered if I was crazy because of the Soda Inc. sound just to find out that in 2005 (when the "Full Moon" album was released, it was also featured on a 2004 single on Shayan Music), we were recognized as the german founders of "NeoTrance". As a commenter puts it on below's YT video: "Amazing sound for a track of year 2004. That was a sound of future progressive-tech house we have´╗┐ today IMHO." This comment was made in March 2010, fyi.

Soda Inc. - Full Moon



The following Soda Inc. album titled "Inner Vision" contained our smash hit "Night Fever", a cover version of an old Motown classic with which Kim Wilde proved to be very successful in the 1980ies, too:

Soda Inc. - Night Fever



This is when I discovered that melody and vocal lines aren't cheesy in general. Fuck yeah, people love melodies, people love to sing along (even on cool underground events such as I Love Deep in Budapest, Hungary). Melodies and catchy vocals is what remains in our minds once the music has stopped. Proof? There you go:

Soda Inc. - Night Fever



I Love Deep is surely far from being an event for the broad masses, it's an underground venue with underground people and yet still, they sing along and go crazy as soon as they recognize the tune playing. One could say it's just because we covered a famous tune but it also works with tracks that were 100% from my mind:

Soda Inc. - Cross The Ocean



Soda Inc. - Big Love



So what happened was that I distilled the essence of Pop music and added it to the underground House sound. Soda Inc. lost a lot of fans for doing so, just to gain a whole lotta more fans with the music on "Inner Vision". The very same happened to Hardfloor, kings of Roland's TB-303 when they entered the UK Top10 with an instrumental Acid tune back in the early 1990ies.

Hardfloor - Acperience 1



I mean, were they commercial when entering the charts? Hell no, they just did what they always do but at one moment, people just enjoyed what they did. It's a plain, pure Acid track - no more, no less. But indeed, after Hardfloor was breaking in the UK, AcidHouse was known to a way broader audience than it used to be before.

And this insight takes us back to the original intention noted in the headline: why I like David Guetta, Cascade, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and all the likes.

They're all not reinventing the wheel - it hardly can be done. But what these artists do is the opposite of what I used to do with Soda Inc. or my Jon Silva project, for example: rather than introducing "commercial" or poppy elements to the underground, they're taking underground to the commercial market.

Here's another example of melting (ie "stealing") pop with dance in the underground realm - also available as a Pesto FreeBee (direct MP3 link):



David Guetta introduces sounds to the global Top10s that were reserved for the underground before. He's bringing Dance music to the attention of the masses. When was the last time you heard a proggy synth bass line in a Top10 tune? See? What's the huge difference between a Deadmau5 tune and "When Love Takes Over"? There is none, except the vocals (and a great PR department behind). You could say David stole many ideas of former underground tunes - and it's true. But he makes way for Dance music in our charts by releasing tunes as David Guetta feat. XYZ but also by co-producing tunes for the Black Eyed Peas. Who would have thought that the USA would step back from Black Music with 50Cent or Beyoncé in favour of a European-influenced fusion of Club/Dance music spiced up with RnB elements just three years ago? I wasn't, but I Got A Feeling;)

Or let's take Cascada - they're from just around the corner, former german capital "Bonn" - and they borrow a lot of ideas from Lady Gaga (on their album, they also steal from Pryda aka Eric Prydz BIG time). But rather than releasing their plastic trance sound from the past, they adopt to the "Zeitgeist" because Lady Gaga made way for these synth lines, beats and aesthetics. And while we can argue if "Evacuate The Dancefloor"" is something brand new (it's not), it's still a great pop song. Very well written and very well executed by blondie Natalie Horler. Check out the original single version:

Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor



And here's the "unplugged" version as performed on german public TV:



You'll surely notice that they just wrote an AMAZING, catchy Pop song and that Natalie doesn't require all the autotune magic - in fact, she's a great singer (hell, it's 7:50am and the show is live!).

So, while I still prefer the deeper House sounds from my buddies (and would never play stuff like Cascada on my gigs), I'm convinced that these artists do our scene a huge favour by introducing synthetic dance music to a broad audience. Decide for yourself: would you like to hear more Nickelback and Green Day (hey, I'm not against guitars - Gossip rings my bell big time!) or would you like to see more Dance stuff in the charts? I for one am very clear about this.

If you like this post, please do not hesitate to share it with your friends - I'd love to discuss things with you!


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!

Pesto 012: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine/New MP3s added to player!

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Have you noticed the new banner picture? After Sandra Lima from Pesto 011, we have a nameless beauty this time. She, along with the palm trees, is part of the cover artwork of our upcoming single on Pesto by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers.

"Make Me Shine" was already introduced on our "2.0" compilation earlier this year with great success and now comes with a diverse pack of arse-kicking remixes.

Besides the jazzy "Deep Mix" and a slightly altered "Dub Mix", we are proud to have remix support from Urban Torque's Scope aka Ric McClelland, The Disclosure Project with a beautifully atmospheric mix, Chris Udoh with a slightly edgier rework and Pesto's inhouse variants in the shape of the mid-1990ies-ish "Bedroom Beach Remix" and the Soda Inc.-esque remix by Jon Silva.

Check out our MP3 player in the sidebar and preview Pesto 012 already today! Release date will be 12th December 2008, so you have some time to fall in love with this great DeepHouse bomb.

Traxx 004: Da Funk - Roasted (incl. Jon Silva & The Mulder remixes) exclusive on Beatport

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We took quite a break on Traxx, but here we come with our next release. And it was worth waiting for it!

Traxx 004 comes from Switzerland's Da Funk who runs the renowned Acryl Music label and gained quite some attention with his productions and remix works recently. Da Funk has been putting out original tunes on Forensic, Plastic City, Pesto and, of course, his very own Acryl Music. His tunes got licensed to a bunch of hi class compilations such as Café del Mar and his productions and DJ mixes are a staple of radio stations such as Ibiza Sonica, Frisky Radio or Ibiza Global Radio. He was also our guest on the PestoMix radio show on danceradio.gr on 20th July 2008 (download available here soon).

If you're familiar with our catalogue, you might have noticed that Da Funk has already released his amazing "Electronic Love" via our smashing compilation "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" and we also had him as a remixer for our Pesto 005 release. So it was just a matter of time until Da Funk would be present on our Traxx sublabel to contribute a pure summer tune, full of deepness, groove and soul - exactly what you'd expect from a bangin' Da Funk production.

Support comes from our in house artists Jon Silva and The Mulder who are both well known guests on the global download charts and playlists to round up this diverse and arse-kicking release. No doubt - Traxx is back!!!

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Traxx 004 by Da Funk is available exclusively on Beatport.

Chart stormer: Sandra Lima - Higher [update]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can check out episode 61 here: Traxsource Weekly Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jay Tripwire:
really feeling the mulders deep dub..

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

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

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

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

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

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

PestoCast 004: Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima - Higher

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

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

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

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Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport!

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