Where Will We Go Next? Wherever Nick Hakim Takes Us
Who is Nick Hakim? Well, he might just be the hardest working voice in R&B. The July 14th release of his debut EP, Where Will We Go Pt. 1, was a well-crafted introduction to the silky vocals Nick Hakim has to offer. The project garnered quick success and positive reviews. Listening to songs like “Cold” and “Pour Another” will show you exactly what has everyone excited about Nick. First featured by Next2Shine in 2012, Nick Hakim is already opening for such musical legends as Maxwell & Emily King; Nick is well on his way to proving his airy-soulful vocals over a unique blend of jazz, blues, and gospel instrumentation are a winning combination that every R&B fan needs to hear. And with this success most would be satisfied, but Nick Hakim has gotten right back to work and is preparing to release his sequel project September 16th. The Washington D.C native turned Brooklyn migrant keeps the positive momentum from his debut project going with his sophomore project, Where Will We Go Pt. 2. The project builds on the distinctive R&B sound Nick Hakim has begun to coin by staying true to all the things we loved about his first project; great production, velvety vocals, and well blended instrumentation.
The light plucking of guitar strings act as a gentle introduction, before Nick Hakim's soulful voice begins to carry over a slow blues rhythm. "I Don't Know", the intro track to the project and first single, acts as a seductive gospel lament to a love lost. Juggling questions of life and death, Nick searches for answers, while the listener is more than willing to listen while he figures it all out. In "Heaven" Nick transports us all the way to the church pulpit with as he whispers, "Everybody wants to go to Heaven, no one wants to die". The light harmonies, as well as the simplicity of the guitar jazz chords, make the song genuine and give it that redemptive-reflective nature that is innate to gospel. The next track is rightly entitled "Sleep", as it is a slow lullaby filled with organ swells and sweet echoing harmonies. "Lift Me Up" is the last song of the project and is an acoustic piano charmer. The lack of obvious production elements in the song and in the majority of production makes the music seem effortless, emotive, and honest.
The overall production of the project gives the body of work a mature and classic sound that outnumber the years of Nick Hakim. There’s something familiar about the sound that qives the listener an undeniable level of comfort with the material. This may be because the presence of Motown influence and greats such as Marvin Gaye and Maxwell are evident in his work. The honest simplicity of his lyricism makes it easy to focus on the feelings that each track evokes. The hand of gospel music in his music can immediately be felt as the organ hums church chords in the background. This comes across in songs like "Heaven" and the blend is enough to win any R&B fan over. Nick Hakim builds his collection with his sophomore project, Where Will We Go Pt. 2, while showcasing his new sound. Nick Hakim music is refreshing and draws a stark contrast between itself and anything else you can find on the radio. The project is consistent and enticing, and is sure to grab the attention of all who get the opportunity to listen. The elements of folk music and story telling only help to increase the depth of his songwriting. This project proves that Nick Hakim is here to stay and we are all to ready to hear what he has planned next. But, in the mean time, while we patiently await the official release of the sequel, there is plenty of Nick Hakim to go around. “I Don’t Know” has been released as the single and can be found and heard on Nick’s Soundcloud. He has announced 8 tour dates and will be showing love to his new Brooklyn home for 3 nights before taking the show to Europe. And if you haven’t seen Nick Hakim live you are missing out, his smooth vocals rock the crowd as his fingers caress the strings of his guitar. Where Will We Go Pt. 1 is also currently available for download on iTunes and available for free streaming on his Soundcloud and a must listen for anyone who is looking for new and stimulating, not only in the genre of R&B, but music.
Nick Hakim 2014 Tour Dates
Aug 13 - Baby’s All Right - Brooklyn, NY
Aug 20 - Baby’s All Right - Brooklyn, NY
Aug 27 - Baby’s All Right - Brooklyn, NY
Sep 13 - The Big Next Festival - Gent, BE
Sep 16 - The Islington - London, UK
Sep 18 - Espace B - Paris, FR
Sep 19 - Paradiso North - Amsterdam, NL
Sep 20 - Reeperbahn Festival - Hamburg, DE