Monday, August 18, 2014

On The Rise: Erik Hassle

I try to never judge a book by its cover.

But, I can admit that when I first read about young Swedish pop star Erik Hassle, I didn't exactly expect his voice or songs to sound like this. Boasting a skilled R&B growl beyond his age, Hassle's single "Pathetic" has him sounding like a milky blended mix of Prince, Miguel, and some other notoriously soul-savvy pop stars. And, despite the fact he's been around for a few years and contributed songwriting for the likes of Rihanna and Shakira, maybe he'll join that class himself after a few more singles drop from his new EP, Somebody's Party.

This song has enough groove to stand the test of time, and I look forward to the mainstream recognizing that soon.

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