NICK HAKIM Stream Debut Full Length Album ‘Green Twins’ Now via NPR Music’s ‘First Listen’

Posted on May. 11 2017

Spring Tour Kicks Off Today, May 11

Including His Album Release Show May 17 at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom

‘Green Twins’ Out May 19 on ATO Records

“soul music for outer-space” – NPR Music ‘First Listen’

Nick Hakim will release his debut full length album Green Twins on May 19 via ATO Records, and is set to head out on tour this month including an album release show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on May 17. Today, fans can hear Green Twins in its entirety for the first time via NPR Music’s First Listen. “Nick Hakim writes songs that honor his own complexity and the complexity of love (they are, in part, inextricable), delivered through brilliant, pillowy, jazz-inflected arrangements,” notes NPR Music. “But, perhaps above all, it’s the voice — a striking vessel of emotion and an impressive technical force.” Hear the album now:

“Hakim’s emotional intelligence – his quest to honor the many sides to each feeling – endures brilliantly…. Matters of the heart require tenderness – and this conviction is what makes Green Twins a treasure; irresistible and challenging, without contradiction.” – NPR Music’s First Listen

Hakim notes, via his Facebook page, “I’m proud to present this album we made calledGreen Twins via NPR Music. You can listen to the whole thing before it officially comes out. It’s something I’ve been working on since I moved to New York almost 4 years ago. I’m really proud of it and hope you enjoy it. I’ve worked hard but now I got to work harder. I have so much more to learn and to discover and will continue to do so through this blessing of writing and performing song. Much Love.”

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.



May 11 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel

May 12 Montréal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PBD

May 13 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

May 14 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall

May 17 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

May 20 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

Nov 7 Bristol, UK – The Lantern

Nov 8 London, UK – KOKO

Nov 9 Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute

Nov 10 Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s

Nov 11 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club



Album Stream via NPR First Listen 


“Roller Skates”

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“Green Twins”

Official Single –

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“Bet She Looks Like You”

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Official Single via Spotify –


“The Want” via NPR Music’s South X Lullaby





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

“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

“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

“Minimal neo-soul washed with soft, worshipful notes” – Remezcla


Pre-order Green Twins here:

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