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Like his music, Alesso’s EBC sets will stick in your head

Alesso’s residencies at XS and Encore Beach Club have been a perfect fit.

There’s a reason Alesso’s tracks seem to resonate and hang around a lot longer than your average electronic dance music hit. Whether it’s an anthemic smash like the inescapable “Heroes (We Could Be)” from his 2015 debut album Forever or a chilled-out summer love song like his current hit “I Wanna Know,” the 25-year-old Swedish sensation always aims for an emotional connection with his music.

“I try not to create something that’s popular at the moment. I just try to create something that I think will last,” Alesso told Billboard last year.

The Grammy-nominated chart-topper just released a remix package for “I Wanna Know,” his collaboration with Nico & Vinz, with three distinctly different versions of the track from German DJ Deniz Koyu, Atlanta-based dance duo Halogen and New York City producer Ansolo. The remixes are sure to stretch the single’s lifespan, but new music is expected from Alesso soon; he cut his tour schedule significantly for 2016 in order to deliver a series of releases.

And, of course, so he could deliver a dynamic 2016 residency at XS and Encore Beach Club, two dominant night and dayclub venues along the Las Vegas Strip. Alesso kicked off another explosive year at Wynn and Encore with a New Year’s Eve set at XS, and he hasn’t let up. His high-energy sets and melodic style have proven the perfect complement to an already stacked roster of artists, especially at Encore Beach Club, where he’ll play again Sunday. An outdoor party with Alesso is a rising and falling ride of never-ending excitement, an experience to remember. Alesso at Encore Beach Club, July 31.

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