Listen: Nomi Ruiz + Sam Sparro Duet on ‘Like a Ghost,’ From the Upcoming Film ‘Haymaker’
Back in December 2019, Nomi Ruiz gifted us with the new single ‘Cocaino,’ a little Christmas present / teaser for her first new album in seven years, to be titled Jet Black. Then 2020 happened, and the record sadly never arrived.
But the beloved NYC songstress has nevertheless been busy, starring in the upcoming film Haymaker, an iconoclastic romance scheduled for release January 29. By first time director Nick Sasso (who has worked on shows like Angels in America and Boardwalk Empire) the cast also includes Udo Kier, Zoë Bell and D.B. Sweeney – but Ms, Ruiz plays a trans performer named, um, Nomi, while Sasso stars as Nick, her bodyguard. The latter ultimately falls in love with his charge.
In the lead up, Nomi has just released ‘Like a Ghost,’ a sultry, ’70s style R&B stunner and duet with Aussie pop sensation Sam Sparro – which is also featured on the Haymaker soundtrack. It seems a collab that was absolutely meant to happen, as the pair share a remarkable vocal chemistry.
“What I hope people take away from Haymaker,” says Ruiz of the film, “is that you need to live your truth in order to have the capacity to love and be loved. My songwriting is so personal, so to play a singer whose past is always one step behind her we needed to bring that narrative to her music as well.”
Shot in Mexico, Thailand, Greece, and New York, it’s exactly the sort of film we need right now, one that reminds us of the human capacity to overcome societally constructed divides. And the song nicely fills the gap until the arrival of that long promised new Nomi album.