(taken from album Green Twins, out 19 May 2017 through ATO Records)

“The soul-touched single recalls the production of Madlib and RZA, like an old photograph of neo-soul.”NPR

“The First Taste Of Nick Hakim’s New Album Is As Intoxicating As You’d Expect.” The Fader

“A hazy, deeply felt bit of modern soul.”Stereogum

“It’s been a long time coming, but today Nick Hakim has officially announced his return…. a heart-melting and hypnotic romance record.”OKAYPLAYER

Nick Hakim will release his debut full-length album Green Twins via ATO Records on Friday 19 May, and the release will be preceded by a North American & European tour.

Intimate first single, ‘Bet She Looks Like You’, was recorded mostly in the New York-based singer-songwriter’s home bedroom, and was one of the first songs that saw Hakim embrace his new experimental way of songwriting and recording.

Listen to ‘Bet She Looks Like You’ here

The anticipated album follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records, and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since.

Each track on the album peels back a particular aspect of his life. He notes that, “a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs… many of them are like self-portraits.” He says of Green Twins, “I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to My Bloody Valentine. “We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.


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