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Brooklyn-based singer Nick Hakim first garnered attention for Where Will We Go Pt.1, a six-track EP that dealt with heartbreak and emotional upheaval. This debut project gave a glimpse gave of his talent for bottling moods that resonate clearly through melody and tone, without needing to explicitly confirm them with lyrical cues. On new single “Roller Skates,” Hakim channels the unencumbered feeling of gliding through a city on eight wheels, without mentioning skates by name. Instead, psychedelic guitar riffs and simple percussion recreate this lightness, as the song unfolds with no chorus or refrain to impose structure. Hakim’s soulful voice is layered in parts to build harmonies, but the vocal performance is almost entirely washed out by effects and reverb, making it sound hazy and dreamlike. From what can be deciphered, Hakim reckons with his poor treatment of a friend or lover—acknowledging his missteps while vowing to try harder for the sake of happiness (“I’ve thought it about it every day, now/Taking you for granted is going to change now”). As the third song from forthcoming album Green Twins, “Roller Skates” comes complete with a color-burst of a video, courtesy of animator Micah Buzan. Nick Hakim’s avatar in the video flashes fluid dance moves that transfix a cast of cartoon characters, coaxing them to step into his brightly lit world. On “Roller Skates,” Hakim invites the listener to do the same.