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Hear neosoul revivalist Nick Hakim's dreamy 'I Don't Know'

Nick Hakim

(Andre Wagner)

From the runaway success of Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour to John Legend’s smash comeback to the entire ascendant alt-R&B scene, the neosoul movement is currently more relevant than it’s been since its late-’90s peak. Among the artists who’ve been bringing the style back to life is 23-year-old Brooklynite Nick Hakim, whose EP Where Will We Go Pt. 1, which mines the same mega-chill, Curtis-and-Marvin-indebted sound as first-generation neosoul troubadours like Maxwell (who recently brought Hakim out on tour), has earned him the beginnings of what seems to be a very solid fan base.

Hakim’s already got the Where Will We Go Pt. 2 lined up for release September 16. Its lead track is “I Don’t Know,” a dreamy, jazzy ballad with airy multitracked vocals and a brief but searing guitar solo that puts an intriguing kink into an otherwise super-smooth slow jam.

Hakim is touring through September.

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

Sept. 13 - The Big Next Festival - Gent, BE

Sept. 16 - The Islington - London, UK

Sept. 18 - Espace B - Paris, FR

Sept. 19 - Paradiso North - Amsterdam, NL

Sept. 20 - Reeperbahn Festival - Hamburg, DE

Originally posted August 4 2014 — 12:16 PM EDT

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