There is a moment during 'Cuffed', towards the end of Brooklyn-based Nick Hakim's debut album Green Twins, when the whole track decides to put the buffers on and slide, lazily, towards the promise of a complete stop. Up to that point, the track, and much of the record, has been chugging along merrily enough, comfortable in its languorous fusion of soul, hip-hop and lo-fi funk. Suddenly, from nowhere, a chorus of high frequency cymbals begin to envelop the mix in something like a waxy coat. It's an all-too brief reminder of the promise the album holds, but mostly fails to deliver on.

Nick Hakim is unfortunate in many ways. Tracks like 'Miss Chew', with its saxophone screechings and pulpy trot, would be really eye-opening had they been released ten years ago. In the interim though, we've had similar fare in the shape of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Earl Sweatshirt and Jamie Lidell's darker moments. The scene is not necessarily set for another Prince-worshipping, genre-eviscerating soul star. I for one am experiencing a distinct case of freaky fatigue.

Which is a real shame, because Green Twins is not a bad album, by a long stretch. The title track sets the template nicely, drenching the mix in tight, showy choral vocals underpinned by a re-amplified kit. 'Those Days' is arguably superior to much of Lidell's output on Compass. The result is that the template doesn't feel fresh - ironic considering the whole genre is itself a construct formed by staring into a funky glass, darkly. The riff to 'Roller Skates' is so similar in style and tone to something UMO would write as to risk a lawsuit. There just aren’t enough ventures into the sonic wilderness.

When Hakim lets loose, or affects to, such as on the chaotic 'Slowly', you can feel a bigger beast really straining to be unleashed. Surrounding the listener in his voice is a great idea when he’s willing to punch through the smooth wallpaper in which he coats everything. So there are glimpses of promise backed up by some very solid musicianship, but they remain glimpses.

Green Twins is impeccably tailored and has some gorgeous ideas. What it lacks is the confidence to stretch its colour palette into areas the listener might not immediately associate with other, trailblazing artists. I like Nick Hakim, but I’m not sure I really know who he is just yet.