Nick Hakim arrived during the mid-2010s with a dazed folk-soul hybrid sound rendered psychedelic by an evident affinity for echo. Signed to the ATO label shortly after he made his recorded debut, the earnest singer/songwriter and guitarist released his first album, Green Twins, in 2017. Since then, he has issued a split single with featured LP collaborators Onyx Collective, as well as a second album, Will This Make Me Good (2020).
Before his breakout year, the Brooklyn-based native of Washington, D.C. appeared on Gizmo's Red Balloon album beside the likes of Gwen Bunn and Casey Benjamin. In 2014, Hakim released a pair of warmly received EPs. Separated by three months, Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 and Where Will We Go, Pt. 2 — primarily acoustic recordings he began making while attending Berklee College of Music — pitched him somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Anthony Hamilton in a strictly low-key and singularly intimate fashion. Hakim steadily built a fan base through his performances, including stints opening for Maxwell and King. Meanwhile, he worked on his debut album. Green Twins, made over the course of three years, was released on ATO in May 2017. The next year, Hakim and Onyx Collective — fellow New York City dwellers who appeared on the Green Twins song "Those Days" — put together a collaborative 12" for Record Store Day. "Vincent Tyler," the Hakim-headlined side, also featured strings and background vocals from Kadhja Bonet. Hakim connected with Onyx again in 2020 on the group's version of the Rodgers and Hart standard "My Funny Valentine." He issued Will This Make Me Good that May. ~ Andy Kellman