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