Jessica 6 (band)

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Jessica 6
Jessica 6.jpg
Jessica 6 performing at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Genres Disco, house, nu-disco
Years active 2008-present
Labels Mignight Sun Sound (2009), Peacefrog Records (2011–present)
Website http://peacefrog.com/artists/jessica-6
Members Nomi Ruiz
Andrew Raposo
Morgan Wiley

Jessica 6 is a Brooklyn-based Nu-disco and R&B trio that formed after helping put together the Hercules and Love Affair live show. Formerly known as Deep Red,[1] their name was taken from the lead character of the same name from the 1967 novel Logan's Run.[2]

History[edit]

Nomi Ruiz first met Andrew Raposo and Morgan Wiley in late 2007 after they helped put together the Hercules and Love Affair live show,[3] but didn't form the band until 2008. The band's bassist Andrew Raposo stated that the band formed after “Nomi [Ruiz] brought over a kick-pattern and a song she’d written called ‘Fun Girl.'” Raposo first met Wiley in college before joining the now defunct DFA produced hip-hop act Automato together.[2] The single "Fun Girl" was later released in October 2009 through the label Midnight Sun Sound.[4]

In 2010, Jessica 6 added drummer Jim Orso to the band, and also contributed a cover of David Bowie's "I'm Deranged" to the tribute album We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie.[5]

After signing to Peacefrog Records, Jessica 6 released the single "White Horse" on 7 January 2011.[6] The music video for the song premiered on Perez Hilton's website on 28 February 2011.[7] "White Horse" was released as a free download on RCRD LBL.[8] "White Horse" became a minor hit in Belgium, peaking at number 34 on the Belgian Wallonia Ultratip Chart.[9] To promote the album See the Light, Jessica 6 also released a limited edition vinyl of the song "Prisoner of Love."[10] "Prisoner of Love" features Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Antony Hegarty and was featured on Pitchfork Media.[11]

Their debut album See the Light was released on 6 June 2011.[12] The album received positive reviews from contemporary critics, earning an average score of 66/100 on the music review aggregation of Metacritic.[13] To coincide with the album's release, Jessica 6 released a free download of the song "East Went Funk" on RCRD LBL.[14]

Artistry[edit]

Jessica 6 has been influenced by Vanity 6, Apollonia 6,[15] and Britney Spears circa Blackout.[2] Their music is described by Allmusic as a "mix of R&B, disco, and hip-hop -- along with healthy doses of freestyle, funk, punk, and pop."[16] Jessica 6 also identified Cuban-mafia fashion, the works of Dario Argento, and camp themes as sources of inspiration for the band's fashion and visuals.[2]

Band members[edit]

  • Nomi Ruiz – vocals (2008–present)
  • Andrew Rapasso – bass guitar (2008–present)
  • Morgan Wiley – keyboards (2008–present)
  • Jim Orso - drums (2010-2013)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • See the Light (2011)

Singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Album Video Director(s) Link
2009 See the Light "Fun Girl" Bijoux Altamirano[17] Video on YouTube
2011 "White Horse" Marco Ovando[17] Video on YouTube
"Prisoner of Love" Marco Ovando[18] Video on YouTube

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deep Red is now Jessica 6 + The Berg Sans Nipple is touring". Brooklyn Vegan. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gould-Simon, Alisa. "Peacefrog : Artists : Jessica 6". Peacefrog Records. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Adams, Robyn (11 March 2010). "Jessica 6 Interview: SXSW 2010 - Spinner". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Hartner, Dan (9 October 2009). "RA Reviews: Jessica 6 - Fun Girls (Remixes) (Single)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Breihan (16 July 2010). "Pitchfork: New Release: Various Artists: We Were So Turned On (David Bowie Tribute)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Peacefrog: Releases : White Horse". Peacefrog Records. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Hilton, Perez (28 February 2011). "Watch & Listen: Take A Ride!". PerezHilton.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jessica 6 - White Horse". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Ultratop.be - Jessica 6 - White Horse". Ultratip. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Peacefrog: Releases : Prisoner of Love". Peacefrog Records. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (21 April 2011). "Pitchfork: Listen: Antony Collaborates With Jessica 6". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Peacefrog : News". Peacefrog Records. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "See the Light Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Kaylor, Hillary. "Jessica 6 | Free Music Downloads". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Chapman, Alex (8 June 2011). "Jessica 6 For Paper Magazine". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  16. ^ Phares, Heather. "Jessica 6". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Blodgett, Sam (8 April 2011). "BrightestYoungThings: Jessica 6's Nomi". Brightest Young Things. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  18. ^ Neyland, Nick (27 October 2011). "Jessica 6: 'Prisoner of Love' f. Antony (Video)". Prefix. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 

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