Featured Artist Friday: Alesso

Featured Artist Friday: Alesso
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Alesso is a name we’ve been hearing a lot over the past 9 months, and we’ll surely be hearing about him even more in the future. Alessandro Lindblad’s journey to this point may be short, but it’s stocked full of top notch tracks. The 20 year old Swede, with roots sprouting from Italy, has mostly been producing remixes, but his original tracks have received a lot of love as well.

Ever since Alesso was picked up by Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records, life has just continued getting better for the young producer. Read on after the jump for a review of Alesso’s catalog of tunes thus far.

Alesso’s 2010 Tracks:

Alesso began his production career with his self-titled EP, Alesso (2010). Released on Joia Records, it featured more Tech House style sound waves. The foundations of the Progressive and Electro House Alesso style that we know and love today were laid with these 3 original tracks. I wouldn’t exactly call these club bangers, but they are definitely pleasant on the ears. Of the 3 tracks, Think Its Time is the most dynamic.

Alesso – Workaholic  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyD55yhiI1k&w=420&h=80]
Alesso – Moma
Alesso – Think Its Time*

Alesso’s second EP, Loose It (2010), also released on Joia Records, introduced the first examples of the build ups we know from his 2011 releases. The title track is by far my favorite Alesso track from 2010, however that’s sort of an unfair statement considering it is a different style (Progressive house) than his Alesso EP.

Alesso – Loose It (Anthem Mix)

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Alesso’s 2010 Remixes:

Alesso’s remix of Fuckin Down continued his trend of foregoing the big build ups and drops we so often hear in a so called club banger. Call it Tech House. Call it whatever you want. The use of vocals and a fat synthesizer bass line, like we see on this track, is something I’d like to hear more often.

Gregory Klosman & Tristan Garner – Fuckin Down (Alesso Remix) [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj0KuMu6Ajw&w=560&h=80]
Speaking of calling it what you want to call it, we have another Tech House remix in his rendition of Alcoholic. You’ll be hard pressed to find a drop in this track anywhere, but there is a breakdown. This track is a pretty enjoyable way of thinking about how you’ll be spending the weekend as a part-time alcholic. Now, start thinking about brewskis or whatever mixed concoctions you enjoy.
Tim Berg – Alcoholic (Alesso Taking It Back Remix)

This is my pick of the litter for Alesso’s 2010 remixes. The piano attacks are perfect and layer exceptionally well with both the background and lead synths. I have yet to hear him pull this track out, which is a shame because there’s just something about it that makes me “feel” it.
Deniz Koyu feat. Shena – Time Our Lives (Alesso Remix)*

If you’re looking for a workout song to provide the extra boost you need on the treadmill or track, I have just what you need. Alesso’s remix of Running Up That Hill transitions a nice build into an even better breakdown complete with soothing vocals and guitar chords. After a quick breather (no walking, I’m watching), you’d better get ready for the build to take you right back up to jogging tempo. Just don’t forget to clean the machine when you’re done, ya filthy animal.
Erik Holmberg & Niko Bellotto feat. JB – Running Up That Hill (Alesso Remix)

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Alesso’s 2011 Tracks:

Now we start getting into the well knowns, the sweet stuff. While it’s always fun to look at where an artist has been and how they got to where they are, it’s even more fun to marvel at what they’re putting out now and imagine how they’ll elevate their game in the future.

Nillionaire introduced me to Alesso, and well, let’s just say I have been a big fan ever since. His Dynamite EP, and Nillionaire in particular, provided the first looks at Alesso’s Electro House side. This track will always have a special place in my playlists. As for the EP’s title track, Dynamite, I have to admit I haven’t heard much about it. Frankly, I think the track was overshadowed by the press and amount of play Nillionaire was getting at the time. Check them out, you’ll see why.

Alesso – Nillionaire
Alesso – Dynamite

Caliing, a collaboration between Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso on Refune Records, instantly turned the young producer into an EDM household (or blogland) name. If you didn’t already know who he was, you were trying to find out. I don’t know if there’s any way to describe this track other than “anthem”
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling*

His latest original release, Raise Your Head, has lived up to its name. While it probably won’t reach the heights that Calling was able to achieve, it’s important to remember that this track is a solo deal, and it’s still turning( and raising) heads around the globe. In fact, Pete Tong announced that Raise Your Head was the Essential New Tune on the BBC Radio1 Essential Selection show on 12/2/2011 (today!).
Alesso – Raise Your Head

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Alesso 2011 Remixes:

Interestingly enough, some of Alesso’s best known material continues to be his remixes. There’s no knock against it, sometimes the world just turns out that way. I’ve carefully selected a few of his remixes that I thought were worthy of our loyal readers. Many of these are probably in you’re playlists already, but just in case:

Alesso’s remix of Heiress of Valentina kicked off 2011 right where the last year ended.  It’s a perfect example of an unknown vocal sample fitting nicely into his subtle but oh so sweet sound.  I really enjoy the way he found a balance between the vocal sample and the music behind it in this track.

Dune – Heiress Of Valentina (Alesso Remix)

Alesso’s remix of Pressure is yet another example of how he is continuing to impress the world of EDM.  It comes off a little bit heavier to me, something I don’t hate…He wastes no time dropping the bass line and following it up with a brilliant build up, which is a move I feel he’s starting to master.  Easily in my top 3 when it comes to his 2011 remixes.

Alex Kenji & Starkillers feat. Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Remix)**

How could Alesso not put his own signature twist on easily the most (over) played song of the year? Alesso decided to change some things up with his take on SHM’s Save the World. The first time I heard it, I loved it.  Zedd’s remix will always hold the top spot in my mind, but either way, another great production by Alesso.

Swedish House Mafia – Save The World (Alesso Remix)*

Alesso does a nice job with this one.  While I’m not the biggest LMFAO fan, I like that their stuff plugs nicely into the EDM scene.  Alesso doesn’t short change you here by keeping the “Rock Anthem” type spirit.  A fist pumper and crowd-pleaser for sure.
LMFAO ft Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem (Alesso Remix)

Good Love has more of a Save the World feel to it.  Excellent use of vocals, classic Alesso build up.  Inspiring, moving.  Hearing this track makes it easy to understand why Alesso is becoming so popular.  Give it a listen and you will all agree.

DEVolution Feat. Amy Pearson – Good Love (Alesso Remix)*

River Flows In You starts off almost too easy on the ears before turning into a dark sounding masterpiece.  It shows his range when it comes to production.  Check it out for yourselves.

Jasper Forks – River Flows In You (Alesso Remix)

I’ve caught myself listening to this one a lot more often than I thought I would.  It reminds me of summer, which is perfect as we are heading into the miserable winter.  Already a catchy song, Alesso puts his classic spin on it.  Reminds me a bit of Calling so I’m sure it will be played by a lot of people down the road.

David Guetta ft Sia – Titanium (Alesso Remix)

Alesso Mixes:

Finally, two full length gems for your ears.

Alesso Live @ Electric Zoo 2011

Alesso Live @ EDC

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