New York Producer Nick Hook is set to head to the UK for his first headline show, following on from his U.S tour which he is currently completing. Nick Hook will be performing at The Pickle Factory on the 16th November alongside some very special friends as guests. Tickets are now available so go and grab them before they all go.
Date: Nov 16th
Time: 19.30pm – 23.00pm
Address: Pickle Factory, 13-14 The Oval, London E2 9DU
Nick Hook has also released his debut album “Relationships”, via Fool’s Gold Records, which boasts some amazing features including Novelist, iLoveMakonnen, 21 Savage, DJ Rashad, Hudson Mohawke, Nasty Nigel, 24hrs and more. The Brooklyn Producer has effectively rounded up a festival-worthy line-up for his debut. New School upstarts (21 Savage, Novelist, iLoveMakonnen) deliver the goods with their unique styles of rhyming on ‘ ‘Head’, ‘All Alone’ and ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’, respectively.
‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ is a riotous, electronic bass stomper with UK talent and Grime emcee Novelist, and encapsulates the mischievous attitude, and untamed creative spirit of Nick Hook with it’s energetic and unapologetic characteristics. Novelist’s attitude on the track is care-free, owing to the inspiration for the track where his meetings with Nick Hook taught Novelist that freedom starts in the mind to do what you want with 100% energy. ‘All Alone’ features iLoveMakonnen who delivers distorted vocals on the spacious, bass-rich electronic production, with lyrics from the emcee describing the pressures of certain situations in his life and the relationships he feels he is losing. 21 Savage is featured on ‘Head’, which is a bright and sparkling trap banger from Nick Hook, and lyrically is about showing off their riches and bxtches.
The production from Nick Hook on the album is rich in electronic vibes, with tracks like ‘+3′, a collaboration with DJ Rashad, DJ Paypal and Nasty Nigel, ‘Pro-Choice’ are influenced by trap. Nick is experimental with certain tracks such ‘The Infinite Loop’ which features DJ Rashad, Chino Moreno of the Deftones, and Nasty Nigel. A mysterious, ambient production, intense synths take centre stage for most of the instrumental, with fast-paced percussion thrown in. ‘Lovesong’ features Nasty Nigel who lends some rather soulful, yet distorted and distant-sounding vocals to the electronic fusion of what sounds like R&B, Blues and Soul. A brilliant but truly mysterious, strange production, one of which you can’t put your finger on what genre it is.
‘Live While I’m Livin’ features Mayhem Lauren and Superhero Killer, and ‘Another Way’ featuring Spank Rock both have an old school Hip Hop vibe to them, the instrumentals also contain funky synths too. The latter of the tracks however has Latin sound with the vocalist Spank Rock delivering lyrics in his native tongue. Fellow Producer Hudson Mohawke collaborates with Nick Hook on ‘Evolisontherise’, an laser-pulsing electronic beat that is influenced by dance music. Another track worthy of mention is ‘Gucci’s’ featuring ATL mystery man 24hrs, a beast of a banger track which is bass-booming, synth-laden and fuses elements of Grime, Trap and EDM, along with “alien vocal processing”.
That being said, the “alien vocal processing” of some of the tracks, the futuristic, space-age, electronic production, that spans Trap, Grime, Dance, even R&B and Soul which shows off Nick Hook’s braveness to experiment, is fit for someone who records the majority of his music at his Greenpoint studio, thespacepit. As you sift through the tracks, the ambience of the melodies, the space-age synths will have you seeing stars. Nick Hook just invites New School emcee’s (21 Savage, Novelist, iLoveMakonnen), and fellow beat radicals (Prefuse 73, Hudson Mohawke, the late DJ Rashad), along for the trip. An impressive party guestlist, perhaps the world’s greatest, but Nick Hook’s production does most of the talking with his innovative talent as a beatsmith, showcasing his vast influences, eclectic taste, and versatility.
Grab your copy of the “Relationships” album from Nick Hook, a producer who is set to make a name for himself in the coming year, and leave us your feedback in the comments section below.
NICK HOOK // RELATIONSHIPS (STREAMING)
NICK HOOK FT. 24HRS // GUCCI’S (STREAMING)
NICK HOOK // RELATIONSHIPS (ORDER)
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