NICK HAKIM HEAR TITLE TRACK FROM HIS DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM GREEN TWINS OUT MAY 19, 2017 ON ATO RECORDS TORONTO AND MONTREAL SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Posted on Apr. 4 2017

TORONTO, ON – April 4, 2017 – Nick Hakim just released the second single from his upcoming debut full-length album Green Twins. Of the songs on the album, he says “many of them are like self-portraits”and the album’s title track is one such song. He told Noisey, “I had a dream where we were walking down the road in JP (Jamaica Plain, MA) and two little green babies were running around the sidewalk. There was a crash behind us. As we walk away, we look back and the twins had been run over by a car. The babies were made out of some green jello texture. This dream happened three times. This song was the starting point for this project. It was written around the same month that a child was to be born (October 2013).”Hear “Green Twins” here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB-w_OeTZb0

HERE’S NICK HAKIM’S “GREEN TWINS,” A SOULFUL, PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE (Noisey)

The album Green Twins is out May 19 on ATO Records, and is the highly anticipated follow up to Hakim’s breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs. The new album is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. He also notes, “I felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” Hakim continues, “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.

PRESS QUOTES

“It’s the unadorned, impassioned core of soul, seeped into unorthodox production influences and techniques. Together, it amounts to a sound all Hakim’s own, a look inside his head that gets into your own instead.” – Noisey

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

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

“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

“This man has the most beautiful soul we ever did hear expressed. If your heart has been feeling cold lately, this tune will warm it right up as Hakim’s raspy vocals reverb through the speakers.” – Nylon

“The soul-touched single recalls the production of Madlib and RZA, like an old photograph of neo-soul.” – All Songs Considered, NPR MUSIC
TOUR DATES — 
Apr 19 The Dome – London, UK (Sold Out)
Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR
Apr 21 Brussels, BE – Chez PIAS
Apr 22 Studio 672 – Cologne, DE
Apr 23 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 25 Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
May 11 The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD – Montréal, QC
May 13 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
May 17 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Nov 7 The Lantern – Bristol
Nov 8 KOKO – London, UK
Nov 9 The Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
Nov 10 King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
Nov 11 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

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