The glorious Swedish ginger Erik Hassle made a stellar first impression with the Toronto faithful with his soul-infused R&B jams courtesy of his last release Somebody’s Party. The EP is a pleasant contrast to his previous pop offerings Pieces and We Dance, including collabs with Vic Mensa and Tinashe, furthering his appeal to the North American audience. The Weeknd-esque crooner, accompanied by Sylvester from Mø ‘s band, had no troubles overpowering the bass-heavy beats with his soaring falsettos. Hassle’s sensual stage demeanour made it seem that either he was high or turned on by the music, both acceptable ofcourse! The packed house was digging him, and collectively groaned when Hassle announced last song of his set. That’s quiet a feat for an opening act. Come back soon Hassle.
The crowd of mostly female in their 20s lost their minds as Mø laid her maiden steps on the stage of this packed Queen St venue. Pronounced ‘Meu’, the Danish pop star reciprocated the fandom with high-energy tunes from her debut No Mythologies to Follow. She also took fan interaction to another level, by randomly walking into the crowd from the low stage as early as the fourth song, and eventually crowdsurfing through the last song in the set. The rowdy mix of electropop and erratic R&B samples of Mø’s soundmakes Lorde an easy comparison. Yet, compared to the subdued Kiwi, Mo does win in the ‘dance like nobody’s watching’ category, especially during crowd favourites like XXX 88 (ft Diplo), Waste of Time and encoring with Spice Girl’s ‘Say You’ll be There’. You should certainly pen her to the list of ‘artists that are better LIVE than the record’. When the world takes a break from worshipping Lorde, they will turn to Mø.
Review by Nilabjo Banerjee |