Image by Gabriel Magdaleno
When we first saw Nuyorican singer-songwriter Nomi Ruiz on a New York stage with Hercules & Love Affair nearly a decade ago, it was clear who the star was. Since then, she’s carried on with a notable solo career, including working under the nom de guerre Jessica 6. A fashion fave, she’s performed for the likes of Thierry Mugler, Vogue, Tiffany and Tommy Hilfiger – as well as being a part of the Mixmag Smirnoff Sound Collective, which supports diversity in electronic music.
Alas, we hadn’t heard enough from her since the 2015 J6 EP The Capricorn (she has collaborated with Oli Chang’s Animal Feelings in the interim). So BlackBook was beyond excited for the opportunity to premiere the visceral new single, “The Storm Inside.” It’s from the album titled The ELIOT Sessions, in collaboration with producer-remixer ELIOT.
Once again as Jessica 6, over a sultry groove, and a wistful sweep of electronic strings (think: Madonna collabing with New Order), Nomi makes the impassioned plea, “Can you feel the weather inside me / Crashing to the shore / Can you see the storm inside of my eyes / Crying out for more?”
“The Storm Inside is about facing your fears,” she explains. “It’s about that moment in a man’s eyes when their desire wrestles with the conditions this worlds places on them. That fury within when at the precipice of love. The inner battle to be freed from false ideals of masculinity and to embrace love and be enlightened by the unknown.”
It’s the most poignantly powerful track we’ve heard so far in 2018 – and we’re obviously hoping it’s a harbinger of a full new Jessica 6 album.