He grew up in Washington, D.C., raised by Chilean and Peruvian parents, listening to folk, go-go, hip-hop and soul—and he now makes his home in Brooklyn. So it should come as no surprise that talented singer-songwriter Nick Hakim isn’t tied down to just one genre. And thanks to the release of two excellent EPs, Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 and Where Will We Go, Pt. 2 (stream both below), in 2014, Hakim (above, performing “Cuffed” for KCRW FM)—channeling Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson—quickly earned the reputation of a powerful, refined crooner with an old soul. His first full-length, Green Twins (stream it below), arrived this past spring. “The album’s potent mix of soul-searching lyrics and spaced-out sonics lends itself to deep thought and accompanied stargazing,” said AllMusic. While Pitchfork added that Hakim “puts a modern spin on classic concepts. His genre-bending debut operates at a fever pitch.” But it’s his live shows—including a stint opening for Maxwell—that have really won over fans. And to that end, Hakim kicks off a new tour on Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Evian opens the show. Come see what the fuss is all about.
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Nick Hakim – The Bowery Ballroom – May 17, 2017
Brooklyn-based Nick Hakim grew up in Washington, D.C., and matriculated from the famed Berklee College of Music before settling in New York City. He has a throwback feel to his vocals, with R&B grooves and good ol’ Motown sensibilities. Jazz influences are also heard, which makes sense as he recently completed a short residency at the Blue Note. And his pair of EPs, Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, have garnered considerable praise. Hakim’s upcoming full-length album, Green Twins, was born in a Brooklyn bedroom, and he’s described its influences as “if RZA had produced a Portishead album.”
Last night—two days before his LP’s release—Hakim graced the stage of The Bowery Ballroom. Opening with the title track, he quickly enraptured fans as his mellifluous voice lulled the room. The singer-songwriter managed to dip into his older material, producing “Cold” and the crowd-pleasing “I Don’t Know.” Hakim had lost his glasses and remarked that he couldn’t see, but who needs to see when you have an R&B voice that transmutes hefty doses of soul. Guitarist Joe Harrison took the “oldie” away with a soaring solo.
Midway through the set, pianist Jake Sherman offered up a heavily Auto-Tuned rendition of the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” The remainder of the performance was largely an introduction to his soon-to-be release, from the lilting “Needy Bees” to “Farmissplease,” which had the audience bopping to the percussion. There would not be an encore, but it’s plain to hear that the the Brooklynite’s neo-soul styling’s ushered in a unique take for this summer’s soundtrack. —Sharlene Chiu
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