NICK HAKIM | “CUFFED” WATCH THE SANTERIA-INSPIRED NEW VIDEO FEATURING PERFORMANCE ARTISTS FLUC T

Posted on Oct. 10 2017

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“soul music for outer-space.” – NPR Music

TORONTO, ON – October 10, 2017 – Nick Hakim just released the latest video from his widely acclaimed debut full-length album Green Twins (ATO Records). The “powerful and Intense” video (The FADER) for “Cuffed” was directed by Daniel Kaufman  and re imagines the Santeria rituals of the Venezuelan Maria Lionza cult. Throughout the video, the fierceness and devotion of the participants increases with the intensity of the song. Filmed in the Catskills, NY, “Cuffed” also features experimental performance artists FlucT. Read more on the video and an interview with Kaufman via The FADER, and see the video here.

“I was listening to the song and stumbled upon Cristina Garcia Rodero’s photos of the Maria Lionza pilgrimage. I’ve been interested in Santeria rituals since filming with some voodoo practitioners in Haiti years ago, so the photos really resonated for me and seemed to both play with and be an interesting counter point to the song,” Kaufman tells The FADER. “I also knew it wasn’t enough–and wouldn’t be appropriate-to simply ape or appropriate the imagery. I knew we had to focus on the aesthetic/emotional kernel within those photos but make it our own… we wanted to make something simple–a space where we could create real rules for our own ritual about renewal, and then document it.”

Hakim notes, “My favorite part of this process was getting to know everyone else in the couple days we spent working on this video: in one day all of us connected with one another and found trust within one another. It was truly therapeutic. The land we were on was extremely beautiful. I feel blessed to have worked with such talented and amazing artists.”

“For me, the video is about a violent expulsion of negativity–because catharsis is always violent, Kaufman adds. “I’d like people to feel that odd mix of disbelief, confusion, aversion, and perverse joy.”

Green Twins (ATO Records) was released earlier this year to wide critical praise and, this summer, album track “Needy Bees” was featured in a steay closing scene of HBO’s Insecure. Hakim recently kicked off his North American headline tour at a sold out show at New York City’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. He’s also announced new winter tour dates supporting Fleet Foxes in Europe, and additional dates with Bonobo. See all tour dates below and get a peek at his live show via his recent ‘Pitchfork Live’ session: https://youtu.be/jUw5NY5St4E 

Hakim’s debut comes at the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician, and saw him featured by the likes of The FADER, Stereogum, Remezcla, NYLON, Latino USA, Paste Magazine, Under The Radar and more. In addition to making the mid-year lists from Complex and Pitchfork, Green Twins has also been named one of the “Best Albums of the Year (So Far)” by Under the Radar,NPR Music’s readers named Hakim one of “Your Favorite New Artists Of 2017 (So Far)” and NME named the track “Green Twins” one of their “Best Songs Of 2017 So Far.”

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.

DIGITAL ASSETS

“Cuffed” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJREcuHzwcc

“Needy Bees” Video – https://youtu.be/mJ8AaxJswgM 

“Roller Skates” Video – https://youtu.be/ysKpaoYQgYw

“Bet She Looks Like You” Video – https://youtu.be/qxWeyYVrgro

“The Want” NPR Music’s South X Lullaby – http://n.pr/2or659p

“The Want” Live Video – https://youtu.be/SDg5cJvn8_I

“Green Twins” Audio- https://youtu.be/VB-w_OeTZb0

 

TOUR DATES

Oct 10 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
Oct 12 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
Oct 13 Austin TX – Antone’s
Oct 14 Austin TX – ACL Festival
Oct 15 Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
Oct 17 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Oct 18 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Oct 19 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
Oct 20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Oct 21 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
Oct 23 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Oct 24 Seattle, WA – Barboza
Nov 01 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Avant-Garde
Nov 02 Belfort, FR – La Poudrière
Nov 03 Rotterdam, NL – BIRD
Nov 04 Eindhoven, NL – So What’s Next Festival
Nov 07 Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Nov 08 Vienna AT – Gasometer ^
Nov 09 Zagreb HR – Tvornica Kulture ^
Nov 10 Milan IT – Fabrique Milano ^
Nov 13 Berlin DE – Columbiahalle ^
Nov 15 Brussels, BE – Forest National *
Nov 16 Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live *
Nov 17 Hamburg, GER – Uberjazz Festival
Nov 18 Paris, FR – Le Zenith *
Nov 23 Manchester UK – O2 Apollo ^
Nov 24 Wolverhampton UK – Civic Hall ^
Nov 26 London UK – O2 Academy Brixton ^
Nov 27 London UK – London UK – O2 Academy Brixton ^
Nov 29 Southampton UK – O2 Guildhall ^
Dec 1 Cologne DE – Palladium ^
Dec 3 Stockholm SE – Annexet ^
Dec 4 Stockholm SE – Annexet ^
Dec 5 Oslo NO – Sentrum Scene ^
Dec 6 Oslo NO – Sentrum Scene ^
Feb 12 Birmingham UK – Hare and Hounds
Feb 13 Bristol UK – The Lantern
Feb 14 London UK – KOKO
Feb 15 Leeds UK – Brudenell Social Club
Feb 16 Glasgow UK – King Tut’s
Feb 17 Manchester UK – The Deaf Institute

^ supporting Fleet Foxes
* supporting Bonobo

PRESS QUOTES

“Green Twins is full of life and energy, often operating at a fever pitch” – Pitchfork

“The most eclectic R&B project this side of Frank Ocean’s unpredictable Blonded Radio… soulful, guitar-driven music that recalls Unknown Mortal Orchestra, only sexier.” – Complex, “Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)”

“The debut from this Brooklyn-based soul man showcases his quixotic, impassioned spin on R&B. ” – Rolling Stone

“Matters of the heart require tenderness – and this conviction is what makes Green Twins a treasure; irresistible and challenging, without contradiction.” – NPR Music, First Listen

“achingly beautiful soul music that almost always reaches you somewhere deep in your bones” – The FADER

“An experimental realm where from-the-heart lyrics bleed into spaced-out grooves.” – Village Voice

“soulful, wrapped in reverb, and breathtakingly beautiful”  – Remezcla

“unpretentious yet off-kilter, opaque in some ways but also decidedly unique and inviting.” – Nylon

“Hakim’s music had the feel of fresh revelation, of a storm brewing in the soul.” – Stereogum

“Hakim’s sounds are deep and soulful, but touches of jarring reverb and eerie synths throw his work into a uniquely beautiful state of unbalance.” – Washington Post

 

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