Pesto EP002: Booty Shakers video teaser #1

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

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

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

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

You can get this release exclusive from Beatport:

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

If you're a frequent visitor of, 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 [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 on Crete August 2009

Without words...

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

Have a nice weekend!

Weekend vibe: Jamiroquai - Half The Man

Have a nice weekend!

Classic House tune: Lil' Louis - French Kiss

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

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

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

All Pesto vids on YouTube at once

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

Tornado hits Cologne

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

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

Weekend vibe: Oliver Cheatham - Get Down Saturday Night

Have a nice weekend!

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

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

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

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

Classic Soul tune: Joyce Sims - Come Into My Life

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

Weekend vibe: The Cardigans - Carnival

Have a nice weekend!

Youtube playlist: Classics from

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

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

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

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

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

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

Use the board, young Skywalker!

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

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

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

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

Original video:

Extended UK mix, HQ:

DJ Prince from Norway supplies another analysis:

Use the board, young Skywalker!

Weekend vibe: Röyksopp - Happy Up Here

Have a nice weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short documentary about HipHouse on Resident Advisor

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

BBC documentary: Alchemists Of Sound

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

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

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


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

Have a nice weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

No YouTube music vids for Brits has an article that sheds some light on the fact that YouTube is blocking the audio part of some of the posted videos for UK viewers. Patrick Walker, EMEA region head of YouTube said that the Google-owned company would lose money on every music video it serves if they accepted the rates proposed by the PRS, a UK collecting society.

From Paid Content's page:

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

Read the PRS entry on Wikipedia
Use the board, young Skywalker!

Amazing YouTube mashups by Kutiman

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

Find more great mashups on

Video: Mistabishi - Printer Jam

found via Nerdcore

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

Check out the video teaser:

More details soon here on - to be released exclusively on in brief!
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