Nick Hook is NYC’s waviest resident: an in-demand collaborator, producer extraordinaire, and all around provider of vibes who’s lent his touch to projects from Run The Jewels, Young Thug, and countless others, all while building a creative community around his studio, thespacepit, in Greenpoint. Now the redheaded kingpin steps forward with his Relationships LP on Fool’s Gold, a 16 track album of collaborations that are unconventional, unexpected and all-the-way live (literally: each song was recorded in-person with Nick behind the boards, a refreshing move in the email verse era).
Featuring a festival-worthy lineup of new school rap upstarts (21 Savage, Novelist, ILoveMakonnen) and fellow beat radicals (Prefuse 73, Hudson Mohawke, the late DJ Rashad), Relationships isn’t just the world’s greatest party guestlist, but a chronicle of Nick’s year long, after-midnight vision quest—the sound of a producer breaking through the chrysalis, killing the ego, and raising the bar. Put your phone down and dive in.
Brooklyn producer Nick Hook teams up with ATL mystery man 24hrs for the slinky “Gucci’s,” taken from Nick’s Relationships album, out 11/1. True to the LP’s collaborative spirit, “Gucci’s” is unexpectedly catchy and greater than the sum of its parts; alien vocal processing meets trunk decimating bass, resulting in what may become the first improvised analog synth jam to make Magic City rotation.
The one and only Salva tackles Nick Hook and Novelist’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” cranking up the grime (and gabber!) to create an anthem for DJs and delinquents worldwide. Thank you bass’d god!
Hit foolsgoldrecs.com/nickhook to watch the “Can’t Tell Me Nothing Video,” hear more from Nick’s upcoming Relationships LP, and buy tickets for the Get (Back) In The Van tour, bringing his unique, all-the-way-live electronic performances to a city near you starting 9/29.
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Producer Nick Hook continues his streak of unique collabs with “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” a rowdy and righteous UK-vs-BK stomper featuring young grime hero Novelist. Like the rest of Nick’s upcoming Fool’s Gold album Relationships, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” was recorded in-person at his Greenpoint studio, thespacepit. Nov sums up the track (and the creative spirit that fuels Relationships as a whole) in his Instagram post about the producer earlier this summer. “Nick Hook – This man gave me a new outlook on life when I met him in New York at 18 years old when I went out there alone. He reiterated to me that FREEDOM starts in the mind and to do what you want with 100% of your energy.” Check out the video premiere on THE FADER.
Catch Nick Hook on his Get (Back) In The Van Tour this fall! Tour dates after the jump.
“Head” with 21 Savage and Bulletproof Dolphin is the first tease of what Relationships has in store. It’s a psychedelic, Parental Advisory sticker-ed mix of wild-ass synth lines, Detroit ghettotech drums, and double-cup freestyling, all mashed together in thespacepit. Fire it up here and stay tuned for more…
NYC! In two weeks we’re pulling up to La Marina in a yacht… come party with us at Corona’s Electric Beach on 9/1, an afternoon jam kicking off at 2pm and featuring music from Just Blaze, Athletixx (Falcons, Hoodboi, Kittens and Promnite), Nick Catchdubs, Nick Hook and TJ Mizell. It’s FREE with RSVP, we’ll see you there!
Following up last weekend’s crazy Danny Brown performance, you can catch even more Fools performing atop Uniqlo’s mobile TruckShop in NYC this Saturday (4/13). Head over to Gansevoort Plaza (Gansevoort St and 9th Ave) to catch a live performance by World’s Fair and DJ sets from Party Supplies, Nick Hook and Telephoned. Find out more about the free hangout at uniqlo.us/UTfoolsgold.
Redheaded polymath Nick Hook has been a cheerful force in the FG fam for many years, rocking onstage with his group Cubic Zirconia as well as throwing down housed up solo DJ sets that never fail to set the girls and boys in motion. That’s exactly the spirit he brings to this Foolcast mix, download ‘n feel the vibes.
Subscribe to the Foolcast via iTunes or your favorite RSS reader at the main Foolcast page, where you can also download the mix directly (right click and save-as). Tracklist after the jump. Check Nick tomorrow night (2/28) at Output in BK with TEED and Rory Phillips. For more music from Hookemon, grab his debut solo EP here.
Check out the new K+ project from Kilo Kish, featuring collabs with our dude Nick Hook and other FG friends like Flatbush Zombies and A$AP Ferg, and of course, her own unique, inscrutable swag. Download here or here.