Jon Silva

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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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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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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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.

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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Got 2 Have U - brand new Jon Silva track out on Aquamarine

Really don't know what makes me happier: the fact that I've finally released an original Jon Silva tune after more than a year. Or the fact to be in great company on Russia's Aquamarine label, being part of their superb compilation "Elastic Sound presents: Aquamarine Sampler Vol.2". It's probably both.

This sampler, compiled by Elastic Sound who delivered a Beatport-charting remix for Replika's "Inner Vision" last June, is full of deep goodness. Dense atmospheres, jacking grooves, jazzy samples, vocals, sweet synth riffs - it's all in. And while all contained tracks are great on their own, please pay special attention to these: George Horn's "Reviver" - a moody and sweet piece with an amazing beat. Replika's "Textura" - I've never heard a bad tune from this swiss miracle who never fails to deliver the deep shizzle. Dima Promo's "Enjoy" - this is to show you how funky a computer with a music production software can get while not losing that atmospheric, dubby vibe. Ocean Gaya's "Back In USSR" - a grooving floater with Yann's signature sound. J Kar's "In Love So Deep" - boy, do I love the fact I've just signed two tracks from this amazing greek guy. His mum probably breastfed him groove and deepness.

Don't get me wrong, I like the others as well but the tracks mentioned above were the ones I immediately fell in love with. Oh, and of course you might want to check out my "Got 2 Have U" track, a typical Jon Silva number featuring a fat bassline, classic drum machine grooves, deep chords and a banging piano stab. Not to forget some silky Silva vocals and a neat little 303 line to add some swirl - hope you like it;)

Now please go and buy that release - this winter is a cold one and artists need to pay for a warm flat. But it makes them happy in general if you appreciate their music and support them.



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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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Pesto 015: Christian G. - Deep Reflection [video]

As always, we've made a little video teaser for you. Here's the one from Pesto 015: Christian G. - Deep Reflection

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Berny - Shplatten: a MASSIVE remix pack (incl. Jon Silva remix) just out

Padova-based Berny already made some waves when his "Shplatten" got released earlier this year. Throughout all summer, it was impossible to not hear one of the mixes contained on the original release unless you were living under a rock. Richie Hawtin, a name probably familiar for most of you, could not resist playing the great rework by Luca Ricci, head honcho of the acclaimed Aenaria label group. I have proof:





I myself chose Joy Kitikonti's remix for my guest mix on Randy Seidman's "Open House" podcast, the version that also stormed Beatport's DeepHouse charts. You can surely imagine how proud I was when Berny approached me, asking me to remix the tune. It's always a great honour to remix stuff that one really likes but that also makes it more difficult. Here's what I came up with - I hope I did justice to the great original:





Hope you like my rework but in case you don't, there are 12 (yes, that's TWELVE!) other really kick-ass mixes by such illustrious names as Evren Ulusoy, Satoshi Fumi and the aforementioned Luca Ricci and Joy Kitikonti to name just but a few. Please check out this massive release and show some love by getting this in your cart.



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Mo' Funk - Hold It Back: Jon Silva Remix out now

Just recently finished a remix for my serbian buddies from Nish, also known as the label Balkan Connection.

This time, I was asked to rework "Hold It Back" by Mo' Funk. My remix still features the same deep tech Jon Silva sound you'd expect from me but you will surely notice a little update soundwise. At this moment, I have a weakness for those stomach-punching basslines laid out on a solid beat. The groove evolves and a slow build-up takes you towards the break. The energy level is brought down, the main vocal of the original is being introduced, the pad sound elevates your conscience to a higher level, just to unleash that bass drum right into your chest again. You cannot help but just move - at least that's the way it works my body.

Please make sure you also check out the other great tracks and versions on Balkan Connection 082:



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If you want to hear the mix in nearly full length, you should check out untitled music's UM54 mix, downloadable from Soundcloud. It also contains my remix for Berny's "Shplatten" track, to be released through Aenaria Tech on 4th October (more on that remix later).



PestoMix 013 by Jon Silva "Karisma Chronicles"

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Back in July, I was invited to deliver a guest mix for Daxxel's "Karisma Chronicles" blog/podcast from France. Being in the good company of Gorge, Scope, Kruse & Nurnberg (yeah, I know it's Nürnberg), Nikola Gala, Burnski, Bas Amro and Cooccer and under the heavy influence of at least one month of pure summer here in Cologne, I made this little DJ mix.

As it contains a couple of previously unreleased tunes from Pesto EP001, Pesto EP002 und upcoming Pesto singles, it's still as fresh as the morning.

Shake your thang, show me whatchu got - here's the tracklist:

01. Alankara - The One (Intro Tool) [pesto.de]
02. Patryk Molinari - Some Old, Some New [pesto.de]
03. Norman Creed - Deep Breath [pesto.de]
04. Out Code - Lost In Chinese (Stefan Naimor Remix) [Tokyo Red]
05. Stan Kolev - Event Horizon (Jon Silva Remix) [Outta Limits]
06. Helly Larson - The Sea [pesto.de]
07. Replika - Inner Visions (Jon Silva's Tool Mix) [pesto.de]
08. Jozef K - Elevation (Ellesse & Pete Zorba Remix) [Kaluki]
09. Nick Fay - Your Love [pesto.de]
10. Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia (Jon Silva's Terrace Mix) [pesto.de]
11. Benedetto & Farina feat. Robert Owens - Relight The Stars [Inkfish]

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Fady Ferraye - She Bounces: Jon Silva's Booty Bouncer out now

If your musical preferences reach beyond Deep House, into the realm of more clubby, proggy sounds and the name "Fady Ferraye" doesn't ring a bell, you're doing something very wrong.

Beirut-born and Amsterdam-based Fady is one of the hottest producers at the moment with his tunes being regularly showcased on BBC's infamous Radio One, frequent guest in the world's DJ charts, mixes and playlists. His standing is definitely not due to being the usual "hyping myself on social networks" guy - far from that! Fady Ferraye has been constantly building his career since he began contributing to the world of club music in 1990.

Yes kids, that's 20 years in the business - long before Beatport, let alone the MP3 file format, was invented. That may be one of the reasons why Fady is still sticking to the "black gold" and spins vinyl-only sets to this day. He has been playing a major role in the Middle East's club scene not only by putting out oriental-injected music but also by being the only DJ who held residencies in all three Lebanon's super-clubs at the same time (namely B018, Strange Fruit and the Basement, two of which were voted best clubs worldwide in DJ Mag's annual Top100). For more than 5 years, he has been a resident at Amsterdam's renowned NL Club.
Glamorous nights have included performing at an afterhours party for P Diddy and headlining Fashion TV's Black Diamond Boat, while DJ bookings over the years have seen him perform alongside Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish, Sander Kleinenberg, Above & Beyond, Judge Jules, Dave Seaman, Marco V and many more.

Fady Ferraye also runs his own show "Goosebumped" on Frisky Radio and I had the great honour to be his guest (here's a free download of my Goosebumped set).

When searching his name on YouTube, besides Fady's own channel, you will find numerous clips from his gigs all over west asian countries. Pay attention to the euphoric crowd with their hands in the air and shouting "Fady, Fady, Fady" und you will get an idea of the vibe Fady Ferraye brings to a club. If there is a term for uniting people in the name of music, regardless of their origin, the colour of their skin or their religion - if there are words for the bridge between the western hemisphere, its tradition in electronic music and clubbing and the rich culture of young Lebanese, Jordans, Arabs and many more - these words must be Fady Ferraye.

As a label owner, you could only dream of having such an artist in your roster. Well, the dream came true for Pesto Music when Fady signed his outstanding "Amman" tune to our label. "Amman" got released via our 2.0 compilation "A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" (the name was Fady's idea, too by the way!) in 2009. Pretty soon, we will release the single with more classy remixes here on Pesto.

As an artist, you feel just very proud when being approached by Fady asking you to remix one of his tunes. You cannot deliver anything that's below superior. That's what I just tried with "She Bounces", released on the italian Presslab imprint. I tried to come up with the most energetic vibe, doing the original tune and Fady himself the justice they deserve. I'm quite happy with the mix and hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it!

You can do Fady a big favour by buying the tune(s) below and also by voting for him in DJ Mag's Top 100 poll: www.top100djs.net



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The Disclosure Project - Sleep Cycle 5: Jon Silva remix excl. on Beatport

As a regular visitor of pesto.de (or pestomusic.com), you've surely come across the name "The Disclosure Project" a couple of times. The two UK-based deepheads Paul Jones and JP Phillipe did not only a lovely remix for our Pesto 012 release by Cloudsteppers - we also had the honour to release an exclusive PestoMix by Mr. Jones not so long ago.
Besides that, "The Disclosure Project" and their equally-named label have been a constant of the Deep House scene for many years, loved by many including us here at Pesto for their highly musical output that not only claims to be according to quality but proves that claim by putting out one killer release after another.

"Sleep Cycle 5" is one of those tunes I immediately fell in love with when I heard it for the first time a few months ago. Deep, lush and with amazing chord progressions of that kind that will make shivers running down your spine. When speaking with Paul about a possible remix for that tune, I told him it would be hard to come up with a decent remix unless I would not destroy the intense feeling of "Sleep Cycle 5". I've tried a couple of options until I eventually decided to go with just the chord progressions, speed the whole thing up and give it a totally new vibe.

The hot July here in Cologne put me in 100% summer mode and so I tried to transform "Sleep Cycle 5" into a summer hymn, good for all outdoor occasions when great music with a positive vibe is needed and pushing the energy levels will raise an audience's arms.

I hope to have accomplished this mission but hear and judge yourself.


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Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia [service links]

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Better late than never, here are our service links for our current release "Delicia" by Bruno From Ibiza on Pesto 014.

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Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza (incl. Microphunk & Jon Silva RMXs) out now!

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For our 14th single on Pesto, we are proud to present you a true Ibiza veteran: Bruno From Ibiza. He's the man behind millions of sold copies of the famous "Café del Mar" compilations, has played venues around the globe and has been resident DJ of many classy Ibiza clubs.

Bruno delivers "Delicia", a 1980ies-flavoured tune that reminds you of the early years of the world-class mega clubs on Eivissa. The "Delicious Dub Mix" by Bruno uses only portions of the sexy whispered vocal by Daniela Dos Santos and adds a slightly straighter touch. Also on board, we have Estonia's Microphunk" who just recently happened to release a smashing tune on Deeper Shades of House. His mix is a deep, dubby and slightly darker affair. And finally, we have the "Terrace Mix" by Pesto's own Jon Silva giving you a peaktime rework for your favourite terrace.

Here's a dedicated Beatport player, we have also added full length previews on our website player. There, you can also check out the still hot Pesto 013 release by Replika - Inner Visions.



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Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia EP [video]

If you're a frequent visitor of pesto.de, you've probably noticed already that we have updated "our latest vid" in the sidebar to the right. Here's the video teaser for Pesto 014: Bruno From Ibiza - Delicia in full shining glory. And as always, you can download the audio part of the teaser in high quality from our Soundcloud page.





Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions [service links]

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Replika - Inner Visions (incl. Elastic Sound & Jon Silva Remixes) on our single Pesto013

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Free DJ mixes for the weekend

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We've said it this morning already and here's a small selection of DJ mixes that we'd like to recommend you. All of them contain our latest release "Inner Visions" by Replika on Pesto 013 along other great tracks so make sure you check them all out! We've been listening to all of these mixes while doing some office work during the last days, but the mixes also serve for any other purpose, especially with a sunny weekend ahead. Enjoy!

Let's begin with Spain's Nacho Marco, a name you've probably come across if you're into Deep House. This guy knows how it's done and among the great remixes he delivers, he's also the man behind the renowned Loudeast imprint. Here's a link to the latest episode of his Loudeast FM show on mixcloud.com:
http://www.mixcloud.com/nachomarco/loudeast-fm-radioshow-by-nacho-marco/

Then we have France's Yohan Esprada, who has just released a smashing remix for Robert Owen's "Deep Down", a release currently residing at #1 on Traxsource's single charts. Yohan runs radio shows on Paris Deeper One as well as on SSRadio UK. Here's a link to his page, please check out Progression Session #51:
http://www.yohanesprada.com/?page=podcast

Up next, there's Mr. Jones of The Disclosure Project. Hmm...does his name ring some bell? Oh yes, it's the very same Mr. Jones who did our current PestoMix 010. Ch...ch...ch...check this out:
http://www.mixcloud.com/mrjones/mr-jones-june-2010-part-1/

Another long-time supporter of Pesto is HD aka Marc (although he got a bit lazy returning feedback recently - shame on you, Marc...LOL). Marc runs the "House Essentials - The Spirit Of Life" show on SSRadio, here's a deep link to the episode in question (requires free registration to listen & comment OR subscribe to the feed link in order to download the mixes - which is a good idea anyways):
http://ssradiouk.com/2010/05/29/house-essentials-the-spirit-of-life-29th-may-2010/

Straight from Radio Yerevan, umm, no! Straight from another staple of Deep House Ashot Babayan aka "Krummstoff" comes the following mix (please see below for a politically correct justification of the joke on Radio Yerevan). Ashot comes from Yerevan, Armenia and runs "Low Flow Records" - I think it's the only Deep House label from Armenia (if it's not, then it's definitely the best there - literally ALL of their releases hold at least one tune I'm playing for sure!). Well, here's Ashot's mix - also broadcasted via Ibizasonica just a few of days ago:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/e6b0jr (not sure how long this link is valid, so better grab it fast!)

Regarding Radio Yerevan: these used to be running gags in times of the Soviet Union (yeah right, in Soviet Russia, gags run you...). Basis of these jokes is the fictual radio station "Radio Yerevan" that answers questions sent in by users. Both questions as well as answers are plain ridiculous and make you laugh your arse off, given you dig this kind of humour. Like stated above, Yerevan these days is more famous for great House musique in the shape of Low Flow Records - in case you were born after 1980, you probably won't understand the jokes at all (please see Iron Curtain in order to brush up your common knowledge then).

Last but not least, we'd like to present you another mix by a good friend of Pesto, published on the blog of another good friend of Pesto. Sounds weird? It's not. Doddi's "All kinds of music" blog has long been residing in our feedreaders as this guy collects some of the very best DJ mix downloads you can find around. As Doddi is not limited to a particular genre, you will find great Deep House mixes as well as super awesome Drum'n'Bass mixes. Any way, he posted a link to a DJ set of our greek mate Nestoras, also including a guest mix by Cadatta in the second hour of the mix. Get it here:
http://doddiblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/nestora-special-guest-cadatta-2deep.html

Of course, there are a lot more DJ mixes available for download, this is just a small fraction. We'll add more mixes here - if you published a mix on your page that hasn't been covered here, send us a message via our contact form and we'll happily update this post.

Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions out now!

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And finally, we are happy to announce that Pesto 013 has become available as a Beatport Exclusive just now. Replika's "Inner Visions" release has already created some buzz among DJs around the world. We'll have a follow up on that issue later today including links to a couple of great DJ mixes featuring tracks from the release and detailed feedback.

Here's a dedicated Beatport player, please check out our MP3 player on the right for full length tracks of Replika - Inner Visions on Pesto 013.



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Pesto 013: Replika - Inner Visions [video]

Here's a fast-forward of our upcoming single, Pesto 013, by Switzerland's Replika. The EP is named "Inner Visions" and contains two original tunes by Replika plus remixes by Elastic Sound (Deepology, Aquamarine/Moscow) and Jon Silva.

Please enjoy now (oh, and big spasibo to Cloudsteppers for the 8bit outro!):




Jon Silva guest mix for "Open House" podcast

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A sunny weekend is ahead, drinks are in the fridge and you're doing countless sit-ups to get in shape for summer - what could be better than a new Jon Silva DJ mix? What about a brand new mix by Acryl's Da Funk to be followed by a brand new Jon Silva mix? Let me quote from Randy Seidman's page:

Today, Open House brings you exclusive sets by two artists who are synonymous with quality House Music…

The first hour is brought to you by Da Funk – The Swiss producer/DJ discovered the scene as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, and has been involved ever since. He started Acryl Music in 2004 which prides itself on deep, techy, forward thinking & innovative House music – and if you are into quality deep, then you are likely to have heard his work.

Da Funk's tracklist:

01. Ark – Rising
02. Soul Minority – Get Together
03. Brendon Moeller – Phazed & Confused
04. Wagon Cookin – Fever (Nacho Marco Remix)
05. Allen – Freezing (Felipe Venegas Flute Break Remix)
06. DJ Bee – Ten Years (Jesus Gonsev Remix)
07. Hey O Hansen – Moon (Jack Is A Simple Fella Mix)
08. Jim Rivers – By Any Means (Luna City Express Remix)
09. Kevin Yost – Too Cool For Me
10. Jay Shepheard – Arrowhead County (Roberto Rodriguez Remix)
11. John Daly – Do It
12. Nomi & Rampa – Inside (&Me Remix)
13. Paronator – September (Da Funk’s Freefloater Dub)

The show’s closing hour is mixed by German production master Jon Silva. Also a veteran to the scene, Jon has been involved with the production and distribution of quality deep and tech house since the late 80’s and has a pile of 12 inch records to his name. In 2001 he developed his own imprint called Pesto, which first influenced my taste in deeper shades of house music. Enjoy!

Jon Silva's tracklist:

01. Ricardo Rueda – Summer Time
02. Fernando Mesa – Need U
03. Bucher & Kessidis – Central Park
04. Norman Creed & Patryk Molinari – Access
05. Berny – Shplatten (Joy Kitikonti Remix)
06. Coce Djz – Messing With My Mind
07. Piyush Awashti – Fragments (Santiago Garcia Remix)
08. Dan Curtin – Mr. Bean Do An E (DJ Madskillz Remix)
09. Ivan Weber – People Are Strange
10. Nick Fay – Progression (Jon Silva’s Rise & Fall Mix)

Just one thing though: I started releasing music in the late 1990ies, not 1980ies - I'm not THAT old as you'd guess from my wrinkles!;)

Here's the direct link to the episode. Make sure you also check out the other episodes of this brilliant weekly podcast, Randy has some really well known and interesting names up there.

Matty Gillespie's Tru House show on Ibiza Sonica [free download]

Shhhhhh...totally forgot to share this one with you: I had the honour to make a guest mix for Matty Gillespie's "Tru House" show on Ibiza Sonica. Matty was so nice to put up the whole one hour show on his Soundcloud account where you can stream and download the mix from. He also has other shows up there with great guest DJs such as Carlos Sanchez (8Bit) along with his own sets and productions (under the Agent Matteo moniker) - well worth a visit/follow!

Matty also maintains a dedicated "Tru House" Facebook group which you can find here: Tru House Radio show on Ibiza Sonica



Here's the track list:

Matty Gillespie Mix
01. Pablo Fierro - Check the boogie (Soul Minority Remix)
02. Mike Montano - Should Be Good (Yo funk Remix) (Low Flow Records)
03. Alex Celler - La Palma (Area Remote)
04. Santos - San Francisco (Noir Music)
05. Ross Couch - All At Sea (Karol XVII & MB Valence Remix) (Body Rhythm)

Jon Silva Mix
01. From P60 - Over The Sea (Jon Silva's Futuristic Funk Mix) [IRMA]
02. Ross Couch - Love At First Sight (Ross Couch Second Look Mix) [Body Rhythm]
03. Lea-D - Disco 3000 (Art Patrice Mix) [InDeep]
04. Vernon & Dacosta - Do It Again [Robsoul]
05. Tom Wax & Franksen - 2 The Rhythm [BigCity Tec]
06. Steve Lawler - Almerina [Harthouse Mannheim]



The Messenger - Free Your Mind [Soul Industries]: Jon Silva remix out now!

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Already out since 22nd of April, I'd like to introduce another remix of mine for the adorable Maria & Joel aka The Messenger from lovely Croatia.

Alongside great mixes of different tunes by Demarkus Lewis and Addex from Soul Industry's former releases, my stripped down House rework of "Free Your Mind" is available now on the "Soulflash Remixes Part 1" release. Check out the Beatport player below, the remix is exclusive on Beatport by now. "Soulflash Remixes Part 1" will be available on other stores soon.



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Mr. Moon feat. Linda Cushma - Beautiful [2Delicious]: Jon Silva's Reasonable Remix out now!

Oh, and another release that escaped my attention is a remix I did for swiss label 2Delicious. Please check out "Jon Silva's Reasonable Remix" of Mr. Moon feat. Linda Cushma's "Beautiful".

Also included are a bunch of other remixes previously unreleased, among them a great (as always) Ralf Gum rework. Here's that:


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Evren Ulusoy & Sezer Uysal - Turkish Mood [Spherax]: The Mulder Remix out now!

Another remix I have delivered recently has been released on Slovenia's Spherax label. This time, the job was for the notorious Ulusoy & Uysal guys from Turkey and my "The Mulder Remix" reveals a bit of the electro aspect of my split personality.

Oh, and thanks to Klemen, Evren and Sezer for their patience!

Check it out along with the rest of this great clubby pack on the Beatport player below:


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PestoMix 009 by Jon Silva - Goosebumped

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For all of you who were too shocked by my Pop music outing recently, here's something to assure you I'm still within the underground:D

I had the great honour and pleasure to deliver a one hour Jon Silva guest mix for Fady Ferraye's "Goosebumped" show on Frisky Radio on February 23rd. As the mix contains quite some promos and unreleased tracks, it's still fresh as the morning, even though some of the tunes have been released in the meantime.

Since my set was limited to one hour, I'd like to mention that this download contains two bonus tracks, including one unreleased Pesto tune by Russia's Ivan Weber and a true classic by Trancesetters - "The Search" - released on the awesome Touché imprint, home of some of Booka Shade's and Laidback Luke's early works, back in 1995.

Here's the track list:
01. Seroton - Ameenae (Terry Lee Brown Jr. Remix) [Clear Recordings]
02. Fady Ferraye - Amman (Da Funk's Double Apple Remix) [Pesto]
03. Fer Ferrari - Groove Is In The Air [Deep Class]
04. Ross Couch - All At Sea (Karol XVII & MB Valence Remix) [Body Rhythm]
05. dont, Nemus & Little Nakoch - Murr (Jon Silva's I Got Luv Remix) [dont]
06. From P60 - Over The Sea (Jon Silva's Soda Inc. Mix) [IRMA]
07. Alex Flatner & Lopazz - Make Up Your Mind (Steve Lawler Vocal Mix) [Cocoon Digital]
08. Markus Doerr - Dibadey (Abel Riballo & Adilette Man Remix) [Clubstar]
09. Nick Fay - Progression (Jon Silva's Rise & Fall Remix) [USB Digital]
10. Ulusoy & Uysal - Turkish Mood (The Mulder's Elektrisch Remix) [Spherax]
11. Mad8 - Work This Pussy [free2air]
12. Ivan Weber - People Are Strange [Pesto]
13. Trancesetters - The Search [Touché]

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Nick Fay - Progression (Jon Silva's Rise & Fall RMX) out now!

Already out since February 25th but nonetheless still worth having a listen is my remix for Nick Fay's "Progression" on USB. Check out "Jon Silva's Rise & Fall Remix" and the other fine versions here:


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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.

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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!


Zon feat. Day-Z - Truth Lies (incl. Jon Silva Mixes) out now!

Holy Guacamole - more remixes coming your way! Sorry for all the Beatport player bombing but just today, another two of my remixes (that received great feedback from jocks all over btw) came out. So here's another dose of Jon Silva remix madness, this time for Zon feat Day-Z of USB from Bulgaria:


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Little Nakoch, Nemus & dont - Murr (Jon Silva RMX) out now [update]

Just a short one to inform you that my remix for Little Nakoch, Nemus & dont's track "Murr" is out on Beatport. You can check out the original as well as the other great remixes on the release player below.

[update: "Murr" is now a featured release in Beatport's Deep House section. Yay!]


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Jon Silva feat. Djazz - Enjoy This Trip (USB115) out now!

Oh, and not to forget "Enjoy This Trip", the tune I made with my to-be-wife Djazz is also out! Make sure you also check out the great remixes by Stan Kolev, BK Duke, Edel and Zon in the release player below:



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Jon Silva feat. Djazz - Enjoy This Trip (USB115) [update]

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You've probably heard "Enjoy This Trip" on our music player or on our "2.0 - A Jar Of Fresh Pesto" compilation earlier this summer. Only due to our friendship with Relaxator's, home of the Underground Sound of Bulgaria, we "borrowed" the tune for our sampler.

The time has come to find a good home for the tune by Pesto's very own Djazz and Jon Silva. U.S.B. Digital (aka Underground Sound of Bulgaria) is said home and "Enjoy This Trip" encountered a warm welcome to the U.S.B. family and now finds itself in the good company of people such as Stan Kolev (Miami), BK Duke (Munich), Edel aka Eddie Niguel (Singapore) and Martin Dimitrov aka Zon from Sofia. Thanks to these guys, you can expect a great package on USB115, coming to your download store on January 13th.

As the promo campaign is already at full throttle, the first raving feedbacks are coming in. We'll post the reactions from DJs and tastemakers pretty soon! To shorten the period of waiting until the release date, U.S.B. was so kind to put up a couple of video clips including the tracks at full length. Make sure you subscribe to their YouTube channel as they offer a broad range of quality music.

Here's the original:



[update: we have set up a page with full length versions of all mixes, check it out here: http://pesto.de/EnjoyThisTrip ]

Jon Silva on Crete August 2009

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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!

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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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!

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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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.

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!

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!

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!)

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...).

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.

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)

Pesto 012: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine out now & charting!

Our 12th single on Pesto is available in your favourite download store since December 26th. "Make Me Shine" by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers comes with outstanding remixes by Scope (aka Ric McClelland), The Disclosure Project, Chris Udoh and Jon Silva. Get Pesto 012 on Beatport.



Having already charted on Traxsource, "Make Me Shine" is now invading Beatport's DeepHouse charts - currently, Jon Silva's Soda Inc. remix is on #28. We're also happy to find this superb release being featured on Beatport - thanks for the support!

Pesto 012 Beatport Feature

It's no surprise this release is doing well if you have a look on the feedback returns by DJs from all over the globe. You can view the reactions in this PDF file.

Get Pesto 012 on Beatport.

Jon Silva @ Solidaritet/Stockholm

Jon Silva @ Solidaritet, Stockholm eFlyer

Jon Silva remixes for Timo Garcia & Ricky Stone and Dimiz & Ogi Gee Cash out now

Exclusive on Beatport since 12th December already, there's a DeepTech remix by Jon Silva on Ricky Ryan's Sick Watona label. There's a huge bunch of remixes by the likes of Tyrell, D:Fuse, Nosmo & Kris B and many more so the release was divided into two parts. Check out "Driving Olivia" on Beatport.

Another guy you may have read about on this page is Kondukter's Dimiz. He already booked Jon for several gigs in Nish, Serbia and now, Jon Silva has remixed his "Vocalizer" tune on Balkan Connection. "Vocalizer" is a coop of Dimiz and Ogi Gee Cash. The pack of remixes contains works by Cid Inc., Luke Porter and a couple of other artists. Check out Jon Silva's "Vocalizer" remix on Beatport.

Jon Silva weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia

eFlyer Jon Silva @ Guru Nightclub Tbilisi, Georgia

Say hello to Clear Recordings - the new Pesto sublabel! [repost]

Check out the video teaser:



More details soon here on pesto.de - to be released exclusively on stompy.com in brief!
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Pesto 012: Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine out now excl. on Traxsource

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Just a few hours ago, our latest single Pesto 012 by Ukraine's Cloudsteppers was released exclusively via Traxsource.

"Make Me Shine" was already introduced on our "2.0" compilation earlier this year with great success (it's among the 10 best selling tunes on Pesto) 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, both by Jon Silva.

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Traxsource have just launched the fourth generation of their shop platform including a maximum overhaul on a couple of features: when purchasing music, you can choose between 192kBits and 320kBits MP3 files or WAV files for full audiophile pleasure. They even offer you to upgrade your former MP3 purchases to WAV at a price that's a steal. Further improvements are to be found in the user interface and the site wide search, according to Traxsource.

Check out our MP3 player in the sidebar and preview Pesto 012, buy it exclusive on Traxsource now!

Pesto best sellers: the Top 10 of 2008

It's this time of the year when you find "The 10 best/crappiest/whatever..." lists all around.

We won't stay behind and proudly present our best selling tunes in 2008. Please note that not all sales are fully accounted yet. So, for example, the remixes of Sandra Lima's "Higher" on Pesto 011R are not showing up for that reason. We will update this list once we have all sales details for 2008. Here we go:

01. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust KID Remix)
02. Jon Silva - Aegean (Original)
03. From P60 feat. Virág - New Way (Jon Silva's New Dub)
04. From P60 feat. Virág - New Way (The Mulder's Light's On Dub)
05. Tina Valen - Discotime (Original)
06. Phonic Funk - On Top (Original)
07. Khaan - Pegasos (The Mulder's XX-File Remixx)
08. Replika - Loveletter (Original)
09. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jay-J's Shifted Remix)
10. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine (Original)

As you can see, most of the tunes are from our last "2.0 - The Next Generation Of Pesto Artists" compilation, but also our singles performed quite well. You can get these tunes (and all the other great music on Pesto and Traxx) in your favourite online store.

Jon Silva of Soda Inc. at Dekko, Athens

It's probably not the best point in time to announce a Jon Silva DJ gig in Athens in the presence of the recent events in Greece. And it makes your heart cry when you see the actions taking place in spots you've been before and, especially when you know that a 15yr. old boy being shot by a police officer is causing the anger.

Video provided by Reuters (please excuse the advertisement):



On the other hand, peaceful partying might come in quite right for a change.

In cooperation with globalvibe.net, we present Jon Silva of Soda Inc. in Athens, Greece this Friday, the 13th December 2008. Jon will play in the Dekko venue that's famous for a good selection of globally renowned DJs. Names such as Adam Beyer, Terry Francis and Chelonis R. Jones are just but a few who've been there for a visit.

Let's all hope Greece will come to rest and governments, you should ask yourselves why thousands of youngsters are so in rage - beyond the obvious facts.

Jon Silva remix for Subsky out now!

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Subsky, the charming Istanbul resident with countless releases on renowned labels such as Urbantorque, Forensic and Acryl also provides a long list of smashing remix works.
christBesides his tunes appearing in hundreds of DJ sets and on high profile compilations (Ministry of Sound, Global Underground and Universal to name but a few), he also contributed to our Pesto 010R release "New Way" by From P60.

It was about the time to give something in return and that's how Jon Silva remixed "This Is True". Original, Ryan Mishkin and Jon Silva remixes were just released through Miami's Dutchie Music and without any doubt, this one is going to burn.

Check out the whole release on Beatport and make sure you have it in your box for the next gig.

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.

PestoMix: 2hrs show on danceradio.gr now available as download! [download link fixed]

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As a frequent visitor of pesto.de, you'll probably have noticed that we run a monthly radio show on danceradio.gr. The "PestoMix" show is streamed every 3rd Friday of the month between 3:00pm and 5:00pm (CET+1). Since some of you are either at work or sleeping, we thought it might be a good idea to make those shows available as a PestoCast.

We will publish the first four issues of the "PestoMix" show within the next weeks. In the future, you will be able to download the podcast shortly after the show has been aired on danceradio.gr.

Here's all the details about PestoMix radio show #001:
air date: 18th April 2008
DJ: Jon Silva

01. Kyka feat. Kris Mil - Housetrap (Jon Silva's Dub Trip)
02. Jon Silva - The Mulder
03. From P60 - New Way (Jon Silva's New Dub)
04. Cooccer - Driftin
05. Scope - Lost On Collins
06. Cristian Paduraru - Sharing Transparently (Jon Silva's P2P Mix)
07. Jon Silva - I Want U (Blip It Mix)
08. Soda Inc. - Cocooning
09. Sandra Lima - Higher (The Mulder's Deepest Mix)
10. Jon Silva - Aegean
11. Spirit Chaser - In Deep We Trust
12. Scope - That Deep Track (Jon Silva's Deeply Deconstructed RMX)
13. Simone de Nauw - Luv
14. Da Funk - Electronic Love
15. The Mulder - I Take You Out 2 Space (2007)
16. Andy Sant - Escapizm Vol 1 (Jon Silva's ESC Remix)
17. Nuance Movement - Violet (Soda Inc. RMX)
18. Rucyl - Love In War (Pete Gust Remix)
19. Sandra Lima - Higher (Jay's Shifted Dub)
20. Jon Silva - Have To Talk
21. Cloudsteppers - Make Me Shine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

Burgas, Bulgaria: Bedroom Beach Vol. 1 release party with Jon Silva

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To celebrate the release of "Bedroom Beach Vol. 1", Jon Silva will be playing a gig in the Bedroom Beach venue in Burgas, Bulgaria.

Jon plays tomorrow, the 15th of August in the evening. You might still want to check out the venue at daytime as it's located nicely at Sunny Beach.

Mix CD release: Bedroom Beach - Hot Sand/Cold Sand

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Say hello to the first CD mixed by Jon Silva!

The Bedroom Beach is quite a classy venue, located in Burgas, Bulgaria at the "Sunny Beach". If you visit Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, you should surely give it a visit. To get an impression of the vibe (or have a reminder of your holiday), RDC are just about to release Vol. 1 of the Bedroom Beach 2xCD compilation.

CD 2 "Cold Sand" is mixed by C-Fusion and CD 1 "Hot Sand" is mixed by Jon Silva. Jon's mix features a couple of previously unreleased tracks and versions as well as some classic tunes.

More details to follow here in brief.

Jon Silva aka The Mulder on Paradigm/Frisky Radio today!

Jon Silva aka the Mulder is in for a guest mix at Zach DeVincent's Paradigm show on Frisky Radio.

Jon delivers a two hours-mix starting with lovely deep Tech, shifting to Tech House the US way and finally evolving in neo-trancish armageddon.
You will hear a couple of unreleased tunes (some of them to be released in brief such as Da Funk's "Roasted" on Traxx 004 and the Clap Clap Mix of Sandra Lima's "Higher") as well as some classics such as James Holden's epos "A Break In The Clouds". Of course, Jon's 2007 smasher "I Take You Out To Space" and his remix of "Sharing Transparently" for 1st Class, that was also sticked to Beatport's #1 in DeepHouse for weeks is being featured, too. Enjoy two hours of shameless self promotion. ;)

Please find the track list below:

01. Villa Lupos - The Mulder
02. Housetrap (Jon Silva's Dub Trip) - JP&Kris Mil
03. Out 2 Space 2007 - The Mulder
04. Driftin' - Cooccer
05. Inside - Ronan
06. Woman Of The Sun (Francois Dubois Sunshine Vocal) - Onionz
07. Roasted - Da Funk
08. Here I am (Shur-I-kan Stripped Dub) - Fred Everything feat. Lisa Shaw
09. Sharing Transparently (Jon Silva's Deep House Mix) - 1st Class
10. Technical Emergency - L.E.O.
11. Get Fresh (Jon Silva's Freshhh Remix) - Aki-Tek
12. Enjoy This Trip - Jon Silva with Djazz
13. Roasted (Jon Silva's Replay) - Da Funk
14. Higher (Jon Silva's Clap Clap Mix) - Sandra Lima
15. Never Felt This This Way (Behrouz and Andy Caldwell Toronto Mix) - Knight Keys
16. Greece 2000 (Maarcos Remix) - Those Usual Suspects
17. The Journey - Cirez D
18. Beauty of Silence - Andrea Doria & LXR aka Lützenkirchen
19. A Break In The Clouds - James Holden

The Paradigm show will begin at 11:00am PST (08:00pm CET, to see your time zone, click here).

Tune in here, Frisky offers stream formats for nearly any player and connection bandwidth. Feel free to visit the forums and leave some feedback there!

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Chart stormer: Sandra Lima - Higher [update]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can check out episode 61 here: Traxsource Weekly Essentials

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

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

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

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

Pesto 011 by Sandra Lima is available exclusively on Beatport!

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Back from Bulgaria

It's done - after 8,000 kilometres, 25 gigs in 5 weeks, lots of new friends and fans, countless Gin Tonics and OCB papers, I have returned to the "normal" life.

Bulgaria was quite an experience for me and it was good to have Jovan of Relaxators Dance Company as my host, guide and - above all - as a friend. Never before, I have played so many parties in a row. 8,000km do not seem such a huge number, but let me tell you that leaving the highways in Bulgaria can take you on really unusual roads. We encountered road holes more than 1 metre in diameter and 30 centimetres deep. As Bulgaria has quite some mountains, going 50km on winding roads may take 1.5hrs or more. At this time of the year, everything is green and blooming. Passing places with different elevation, we experienced different stages of spring. From wild beauty in the Rhodopes, over huge plains to the Black Sea coast - Bulgaria is quite a pittoresque country with countless shades and, last but not least, lovely people. As they told me, I have been to more places than probably most of the bulgarian residents have.

The parties were very different: from lousy gigs on a Monday (hey, people will have to work - sure), over huge and classy venues inside a rotten city to one party that was very special. It's been quite a while ago that I met such a raving audience like in Shumen's Mamagaya. By far, the party in Shumen was not only the highlight of this tour but it also made its way into my personal top 10 of the greatest gigs ever! To say it with Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I'll be back!"

Special thanks goes to Jovan who booked and organized this whole SeeMe tour - we've spent these five weeks together without stepping on each other's nerves, rather than enjoying the "rock'n'roll" life! It was simply amazing! If you are looking for somebody who knows the Balkans (and the right people), especially in Bulgaria, who has a very professional approach and who is a cool guy to hang out with at the same time, you should get in touch with him. Needless to say that this tour led to a new and intensified cooperation between Pesto and RDC - more details here in brief.

So finally, let me take the chance to thank all you people for being your guest and for giving me the time of my life. Blagodarja Bulgaria! :)

PS: try to listen to other music than Progressive and look up the term "warm-up" in a dictionary...hehehe
PPS: I have around two hours of footage that needs to be edited. I hope I can show you the "documentary", which is in memory of Uncle Mitko, very soon here.

Pesto Music to launch its first radio show on danceradio.gr

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You may have noticed that we have a new category called "PestoMix show" on the left.

There's actually a story behind it: we are launching our first web radio show on danceradio.gr! Every third Friday of the month, we will have a two-hours show. The show is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm CET+1 (which is local greek/Athens time).

Our first issue will be mixed by Jon Silva, introducing Pesto and Traxx as labels with a lot of music from us and some friends. You will also hear a couple of tunes to be released soon and some previously unreleased remix works by Jon for other labels - exclusively on the show.

Click here to see the banner for the PestoMix show. Feel free to support us by putting it on your myspace profile or web page.

More details here in brief.

SeeMe festival Sofia, Bulgaria: Jon Silva warm up tour

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Starting on Wednesday, April 16th 2008, Jon Silva will be touring Bulgaria.

In association with Relaxators, home of the Opera:tion compilations and base of Bulgaria's underground (including Pestolero DJ Lion among many others), Jon will be touring Bulgaria to promote the South-East European Music Event (short: SeeMe). SeeMe is going to happen for the third time between 5th and 7th June 2008 and has been attracting highly renowned artists and a lot of party people.

We will keep you up to date with a dedicated tour blog - hopefully every day (given there's internet access). If you are sending a message to Pesto Music or Jon, please allow a few days to reply until May 21st.

Here's the tour schedule:


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date
city



Caramel
16 April
Jambol
Briliantin
17 April
Sliven
Stilisimo
18 April
Ruse
Horizont
19 April
Varna
-
20 April
-
Tequila Bar
21 April
Svishtov
Blue Magic
22 April
Turgovishte
Rouge
23 April
Silistra
Alibi
25 April
Burgas
Amon Ra
24 April
Dobric
Mamagaja
26 April
Shumen
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27 April
-
Gerry
28 April
Gabrovo

29 April
tbc
Negro
30 April
Veliko Turnovo
Makalali
01 May
Plovdiv
Exclusive
02 May
Haskovo
Phobia
03 May
Stara Zagora
-
04 May
-
Silouette
05 May
Vidin
Ultra
06 May
Kurdjali
Kings
07 May
Razlog

08 May
tbc
Club City
09 May
Smoljan
Kanape
10 May
Pleven
-
11 May
-

12 May
tbc
Underground vol.2
13 May
Blagoevgrad
Club 696
14 May
Pernnik
Cubo-Club
15 May
Nish - Serbia

16 May
FYR of Macedonia tbc

17 May
FYR of Macedonia tbc

Jon Silva plays Estonia for the first time

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Announcing Jon Silva's first gig in Estonia, we're happy to tell you that you will have the chance to catch him playing two times.

On Friday, the 11th of April, Jon will be playing the "Ranna" venue in Sillamäe. Support comes from JP and Kris Mil of Macadam Music - the guys behind the fantastic remix for From P60's "New Way" on Pesto 010R. Saturday will see more Pesto madness in Estonia's lovely capital Talinn. Together with DJ Widenski (Macadam) and DJ Affect from Switzerland, Jon is going to rock "Hollywood". Click here to see the eFlyer.

Along with the gigs, we're happy to announce an exclusive coop with Macadam Music: they will be representing Jon Silva in Estonia from now on.

Jon Silva remixes coming your way!

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After last year's summer of remixes (pt. 1 and pt. 2) was quite successful for Jon Silva, this year is not any worse.
Jon has been asked to remix tunes by Scope on Urban Torque, Andy Sant on Detroit's Kolour Recordings, Orlando Vaughan on Duff Note, Aki-Tek on Red King/Ministry of Sound and Sebastian Davidson on both New York City's Glideslope and our neighbours Clubstar.

Some of those mixes are already finished (despite some took ages - sorry Ateka), some are work in progress. As soon as these releases will be available, we will let you know and provide further information. So long, please find out more about these excellent artists and labels by clicking the links - we're sure you like their stuff!

Traxsource: Miami Insider Tips

Although we are not attending this year's Winter Music Conference in Miami, we will be very present there as we got an amazing offer by one of the world's leading download stores Traxsource. Here's what the buzz is all about:

"Traxsource has created a unique promotional opportunity for this years Miami conference. We have created alliances with 80+ key retail establishments in and around Miami Beach (complete listings here). Traxsource will showcase only the Hottest Content we have across our main genres by providing DJ mixed CDs which identify Traxsource as the source to these establishments for playback during the week of Conference."



We're proud to announce that From P60's "New Way" (Jon Silva's Filthy Remix) will be part of this exclusive showcase!

Winter Music Conference

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

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

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

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

Jon Silva Charts March 2008

Here are Jon Silva's charts for March 2008:

01. Vas Floyd - Louie Love (Spirit Catcher's Back To The Roots Mix) [Escada]
02. Jeff Bennett - Instant Need (Paul Hazendonk Remix) [Kung Fu Dub]
03. Stan Kolev - Flashback (Side Chain Mix) [ReadyMix Records]
04. Scope - Lost On Collins [Glideslope]
05. Soda Inc. - Big Love [Klik Records]
06. Pedro Cali - Wet Soul (Tina Valen Remix) [Elevation]
07. Sandra Lima - Higher (Justin Michael Remix) [Pesto 011]
08. Spiritchaser - In My Dreams [Guess]
09. Andy Sant - Escapizm (Jon Silva's ESC Remix) [Kolour]
10. Aki-Tek - Get Fresh (Jon Silva's Freshhh Remix) [CDR]

Have you already voted for me on the DJ List in March?

PestoCast 003: Pesto 010 & 010R by From P60

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Here's the third issue of our PestoCast, the regular podcast from Pesto Music with fresh tunes, background info and non-stop talker Jon Silva.

This one deals with Pesto 010 and 010R. It's Pesto's 10th release by Hungary's "From P60". The original release Pesto 010 comes with two original tracks plus remixes by Nikola Gala and Jon Silva. We're also offering another Pesto FreeBee from this release, a hi quality MP3 file you can download for free from pesto.de.

The remix package Pesto 010R comes with more class A remixes by internationally acclaimed artists such as Subsky (Istanbul, Turkey/Urban Torque), Cristian Paduraru (Christian Records/Bucharest, Romania), JP & Chris Mil (Macadam Entertainment, Energy FM/Talinn, Estonia), The Mulder (aka Jon Silva) and last but not least our own Cooccer (Germany/Traxx, Next Dimension, Shayan Music).

You can buy the music covered in this podcast here:

Pesto 010

Traxsource.com
Beatport.com
Junodownload.com
Trackitdown.net
Stompy.com

Pesto 010R

Beatport.com
Traxsource.com
Junodownload.com
Trackitdown.net
Stompy.com


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click here to download the MP3 file