It’s not often that we get really excited for an event on a random Friday night in the summer, but this past Friday at Pacha NYC was one such occasion. With a lineup consisting of DJ legend Sebastian Ingrosso and 19 year old Swedish prodigy Alesso, we knew we were in for a treat. We arrived on the early side to the club, though it took one party-rocking photographer a bit longer than expected to bypass the meandering line outside. Alesso was in control by 12:15AM and from then on it was showtime… until 1:30 when Sebastian Ingrosso arrived. Yeah, we said we were excited. Read along after the break for a serious analysis of a marathon of music that is still ringing in our ears days later.
Alesso has only just started making his rounds on the American club scene, but he certainly isn’t messing around. With multiple appearances in New York at Provocateur, stints in Miami, and now Pacha NYC, he has shown that he is diving into the US head first. This was our first time seeing the newcomer live, but we set the bar high for him mentally. We’re glad to say that he definitely delivered, pumping out a set that was everywhere on the map including favorites and new tracks alike. He started with the Wolfgang Gartner production “Latin Fever“, and followed into the Avicii favorite “Abow” — which was not
sex set “on fire” this time around (if you catch our drift).
Avicii – Abow (Original Mix)
After those two opening tracks came a rapid succession of deep house tunes with sparks of energy from some crowd favorites: “Intergalactic,” Nadia Ali’s “Rapture,” and even Sander Van Doorn’s “Koko,” which got infused with some unknown — but Michael Jackson-sounding — vocals.
Next up was a production that deserves a shoutout in its own right: an incredible rework to the Nari and Milani, Cristian Marchi “I Got You” song with vocals by Max C. We personally found this one quite recently, but it’s already shown up in Avicii’s Le7els podcast and now at Pacha NYC. The entire room went absolutely wild for it. Following that was another crowd favorite in his very own remix to “Heiress of Valentina,” which was quickly transitioned into an unnamed remix of “Space Junk” mixed with some Swanky Tunes. Can you believe we’re not done yet? (And that this was not even the main act?!)
The last phase of Alesso’s set began with the always-epic track from Pryda, “Glimma,” and then the Swedish House Mafia bootleg of “Nillionaire” with “Together” by Swanky Tunes. Finally, the set reached its climax when Alesso channeled fellow Swede, Avicii, with “Levels.” Needless to say the crowd was already wild by the time the vocals hit, but then he blasted his brand new remix to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” as a followup just for good measure.
Alesso vs Axwell & Ingrosso – Together Nillionaire (MKC Reboot)
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (Alesso Remix)
Finally, the man with a plan to “F*** Nightclubs in the Pussy ™”, appeared in the booth along side Alesso. Sebastian Ingrosso took over control of the decks as the two collectively played Alesso’s remix of “Pressure“, while downing shots of Jagermeister and jumping about ferociously. At the end of the song, the speakers quieted down until we heard the all too familiar introduction “From Miami… From Miami…” and the opening drop of “Miami 2 Ibiza” blasted through Pacha’s humongous sound system. Things were about to get serious.
Following Tinie Tempah’s piece, Ingrosso dropped the SHM bootleg of Swanky Tunes’ “Together” with deadmau5 “Strobe.” We’re glad to see deadmau5 getting mixed into these kinds of tracks, and maybe he will even go back to making, uh, less Skrillex-y tracks like back in the day.
To both pump up and poetically torment the crowd, the Mafia man played Angger Dimas’ remix to “Are You Ready?” before Deniz Koyu’s new release “Tung.” Next up was a huge singalong favorite — no, not “Rolling in the Deep”, but rather “Hello.” The beats kept coming with the Bassjackers’ “Mush Mush” and then a bootleg of the Nicky Romero remix to “Flash” that replaced the drop with the one from Axwell’s anthem, “In the Air.” Everyone in the room was caught off guard by the flawless drop — including us. (If you can find a copycat bootleg on the web, drop it in the comments.)
Angger Dimas – Are You Ready (Original Mix)
Calvin Harris got some love with a version of “Awooga” that was overlaid with the iconic accapella of “Flashback“. Following that was some brotherly love for Dirty South, whose remix to Diddy’s “I’m Coming Home” got everyone going as well. Isn’t it crazy that we barely hear that one any more and it’s not even July?
Once everyone was raging sufficiently, Michael Woods’ remix of “Bounce” came on and again the heads began rolling. To turn up the volume, he blasted Nari & Milani’s psytrance tune “Kendo” before the Angello edit of Tim Mason’s “The Moment” — which, if we remember correctly, had a vocal track mixed with it. After that was some SHM goodness in the form of the classic combination of “One” vs “Calabria” and “Nothing But Love for You.”
Next up was a moment we’ve been waiting for since… well, since last Wednesday. Alesso joined Seb beside the decks and the two played their “New Song“, which we unfortunately still don’t have a name for. We loved its hypnotic melodies, and can’t help but think that one remix might craft it into the next “Personal Jesus” — albeit with that signature big room SHM vibe. Next up was “Everywhere I Go” from Benny Benassi, and then “The Island”. Following the AN21/Max Vangeli love, Seb dropped the “Heart Is My Religion” bootleg, which we still don’t particularly care for. (If you ask us, the Dennis Sheperd remix is just fine thankyouverymuch.) Regardless, Adele made her obligatory appearance at this point in the set, inducing everyone to roll in the deep atop Thomas Gold’s “Blow Up” — a bootleg that SHM’s been dropping in sets since the Masquerade Motel.
The Thomas Gold love continued into the wee hours of the morning with his remix of Lady Gaga’s peculiar single, “Judas.” This served as the beginning of the end, sadly. The first shot through the heart was “Save The World“, which had everyone absolutely electrified before another oldie but goodie, “Sweet Disposition.” Finally, as a tease before closing up shop, he poetically played “One More Time” as an intro to “Leave The World Behind.” It was a great way to pull out and hand the set over to Richard Grey. We had to call it a night around 4AM, but hopefully we’ll get to catch one of his sets in the future.
Lady Gaga – Judas (Thomas Gold Remix)
Overall, this was possibly one of the most epic nights in Pacha NYC history and one of the best musical nights in New York in quite a while too. It’s not often to have two world renowned Swedes in New York for the night, let alone to be in the same DJ booth, and the result was even greater than the sum of their individual parts. The combination of Alesso’s willingness to experiment with new sounds and Sebastian’s wisdom when it comes to delivering a complete experience was simply unparalleled. The East coast DA team may not have been able to risk heat exhaustion in Vegas for EDC, but we most definitely enjoyed our night sweating heavily at Pacha — and we can’t wait to find out what tops it eventually.