Alesso at The Warfield: 5 tracks you need to know
As a modern mainstay in San Francisco’s music scene, The Warfield offers an intimate experience combined with superior acoustics. A once vaudeville theater, this vintage concert hall now serves as the regal backdrop for today’s best and brightest entertainment. Joining past entertainers that range from Bob Dylan to Above & Beyond, Alesso should have felt right at home. Coming off a memorable Main Stage performance at Ultra, the young Swedish sensation continued his North American spring tour with a necessary stop in northern California. Hop below the break to hear 5 tracks you need to know from Alesso at The Warfield.
1. Alesso feat. Matthew Koma – Years
This uplifting anthem never gets old. As one of the biggest tracks of 2012 and sure crowd pleaser, Alesso employs “Years” and Matthew Koma’s serenading vocals to guide his audience toward rapture.
2. Alesso – Clash (Original Mix)
The Naked and Famous’s vocals from “Young Blood” merged seamlessly in between the gritty breakdowns of “Clash.” As one of his more powerful progressive productions, Alesso commands constant emotion while still provoking unbridled enthusiasm. In this way, “Young Blood vs Clash” is one of Alesso’s secret weapons.
3. Ivan Gough vs Stevie Mink & Steve Bleas – Boom (Original Mix)
“Boom” is Size Records’ latest triumph and slowly climbing Beatport’s top charts. Ivan Gough, Stevie Mink, and Steve Bleas’s hard-hitting house was made for a live audience. Alesso played off the track’s soaring bassline by marrying it with the tribal drums of Gregor Salto’s “Azumba.” The energy was almost too much for San Francisco to bear.
4. Alesso – ID w/ R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
Coming off a mashup between Calvin Harris’s “Sweet Nothing” and Ingrosso and Trash’s “Reload,” Alesso hit The Warfield with the same ID that shook Ultra’s Main Stage. Michael Stipe’s time-honored lead vocal from “Losing My Religion” built the suspense, and Alesso’s infectious melody took care of the rest. The ID track, dubbed “Collioure” by several outlets, will surely frequent the festival circuit in the coming months.
5. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix)
After giving an animated audience a chance to sing along with “Calling (Lose My Mind),” Alesso thanked the crowd for their energy. The Swede declared San Francisco as “one of his favorite cities in the world,” before closing with his latest magnum opus. Accompanied by raining confetti and picturesque lights, Alesso’s remix of “If I Lose Myself” was the sentimental sendoff San Francisco needed.
Photo credit: ERA by Ariya Behjat