Alesso continues to raise the bar with each successive release. His latest effort, Progresso Volume 1, is a three-track EP that follows the Swedish DJ’s previous smash single, 2018’s “REMEDY.” Progresso Volume 1 signals a deliberate sonic shift from the vocal-centric construction of “REMEDY,” in its foregrounding of energizing synth work and beat arrangements that render each of the mixtape’s three cuts ready for main stage play.
“PROGRESSO” immediately sets the tone for the mixtape. The opening song’s chord progressions are decidedly dance-worthy, and the brief vocal that enters at the tune’s mid-way point functions as a plot twist of sonic sorts that slows “PROGRESSO” to stage a momentous build and subsequent drop.
The EP’s second inclusion, “CONFESSION,” delves into the traditional affective progressive sound characteristic of Alesso’s early productions. “TIME” is somewhat of an outlier in the context of the three-part project. Unlike the preceding numbers, “TIME” relies on a looping vocal hook throughout its run time and relaxes the faster pace that “PROGRESSO” and “CONFESSION” set. If any song on the mixtape gravitates toward pop-electronic hybrid designation, it’s “TIME,” which winds down the energy-spiking showing.
Altogether, Progresso Volume 1 is a high-intensity inaugural installment in Alesso’s new Progresso mixtape series.
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