Swedish singer-songwriter Erik Hassle made a big impression last year with his EP Somebody’s Party, which chronicled the emotional depths of a gnarly breakup with an ex-girlfriend. Standouts “Talk About It,” “Pathetic” and “What Is He Like” found him emotively crooning in his Prince-ly falsetto over wobbly, rafter-scraping beats that hit harder than the average synthpop ballad. It also earned him tour dates with the likes of MØ, Broods and Twin Shadow, as well as a co-writing credit on Shakira and Rihanna’s equally mournful “Can’t Remember To Forget You."
But for his latest single “No Words,” released Friday (April 10) via Artist Company TEN/Sony/RCA, Hassle picks up the pace to a disco-funk groove that makes it an early contender for Song of The Summer. It suggests Michael Jackson grooving on the illuminated “Billie Jean” dancefloor with Robyn and the Daft Punk robots -- after all of them drown their sorrows in a few martinis. Indeed, the song’s deceptively bright single artwork features Hassle shedding a single tear.