Alesso at Electric Zoo 2011, Day 3, September 4, 2011 (review)

Alesso is a relative newcomer onto the DJ scene, but you can say that he has certainly made quite a splash. His remix of “Pressure” is one of the best and most popular songs of the summer, he just released another banger in the form of “Calling,” and he rolls with a crew that includes Swedish House Mafia and Dirty South. We saw him at Pacha NYC earlier this summer, and were eagerly awaiting his return to Manhattan. Wanna hear how we thought it went the second time around? You know where to click.

To get things off on the right foot, Alesso opened with his remix of the “Party Rock Anthem,” a song we heard all the way from the parking lot as we arrived to Randall’s Island. He went right into a bootleg of “Nillionaire” with some of the pieces of Skrillex’s “First Of The Year.” He also played the Sebastian Ingrosso bootleg of “Hello” with “Mush Mush” into “One Look” with the “We Are The People” acapella.

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (Alesso Remix)

The bootleg madness continued on with Third Party’s “Duel” the “Where’s Your Head At,” before the inevitable happened. “Calling” echoed through the Main Stage speakers for what had to be the fifth or sixth time that weekend and the crowd continued to build. It was when “Levels” came on that people started getting really rowdy, only to be followed with the epic hum-along track, “The Island.”

Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso – Calling (Original Instrumental Mix)

We knew something sounded familiar when “Fade Into Darkness” was bootlegged with “You Got The Love,” and that’s because Steve Angello played it back at Governors Island a few weeks ago. He continued the SHM-love with their remix of “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.”

We were glad to hear the track that arguably put him on the map (and appeared in Avicii’s Essential Mix), “Heiress of Valentina.” He also played “The End” by Tommy Trash, and then his upcoming remix of Devolution’s “Good Love.” He ended on a very high note in the form of the “Fix Your Pressure” bootleg, which was also dropped at Size Matters a few weeks back.

Starkillers, Alex Kenji, Nadia Ali and Alesso feat. Coldplay – Fix You(r) Pressure (East & Young Mashup)

Alesso’s set was one of the more enjoyable ones of the weekend, and his track selection was great for the crowd. Some of the transitions could’ve been a bit smoother early on in the set, but they were quickly resolved and only noticeable if you go back and listen to the set closely. His energy was high throughout the set, and he even got up on the DJ booth at one point in the middle. He’s got some serious talent backing him up and learning from the best, so we’re sure that as he continues to DJ even more sets he’ll only get better in time. But don’t worry, we’ll be here to watch him along the way.

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