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We’ve been riding the Nomi train since the early days of Hercules and Love Affair, and can honestly say she has never let us down. So we are nothing shy of giddily excited that the glorious Ms. Ruiz has a new album, Jet Black, coming in early 2020 – though sadly not in time to find it in our stocking on Christmas morning this year.
But she does have a holiday teaser for us, and its hotter than hot buttered rum. Indeed, “Cocaino” is a sultry, visceral slice of soul noir – and with its slow, bluesy groove, haunted atmospherics and Nomi’s alluringly sensual vocal, it’s almost like Sade or ’90s Madonna as produced by David Lynch.
Ruiz has been busy as her dance music alter ago Jessica 6 – so Jet Black (to be released by Park Side Records) will be her first actual solo album in six years. She explains that the songs were written during some particularly dark times, so it’s hardly surprising she would want to personalize it.
She also credits producer Michael Moreno, bassist Josh Werner and drummer Gintas Janusonis for giving the music the sonic edge and ideology to match the lyrical intensity.
“They are masters of the sound I’ve been trying to cultivate for so long,” she enthuses. “Working with them was instant magic.”