What do Chaka Khan, Elton John and Pharrell all have in common? They are all infatuated with Los Angeles via-Germany producer NoMBe.
NoMBe has been making waves for quite some time. The musician released his groundbreaking debut album, They Might’ve Even Loved Me, back in 2018. The album was a staunchly feminist call to arms and featured the excellent, politically driven single ‘Man Up’. NoMBe is the rockstar that we all need in 2020. The kind of intelligent musician that embodies awareness, empathy and vulnerability.
Today, NoMBe is back with a brand new single, ‘WEIRDO!’, an affecting, introspective, dreamy love song that wholly embraces awkwardness. ‘Weirdo’ is a testament to NoMBe’s propensity for crafting perfect pop music. It’s the kind of track that feels destined to soundtrack the culminating scene of an A24 film. Minimal production deftly cradles NoMBe’s sleek vocals, laden with a glorious riff that makes a nod to Jimi Hendrix. You can listen to the track in all its glory below.
Listen: NoMBe – ‘Weirdo’
Over the course of his career, NoMBe has earned himself a legion of legendary music fans. Not many can boast having Pharrell Williams and Elton John in your corner.
In 2017, NoMBe’s single ‘Can’t Catch Me’ was personally chosen by Pharrell as the theme song for his HBO documentary series, OUTPOST. “NoMBe makes music for the subconscious with colourful layers and unexpected water slides,” says Pharrell of the artist. “He writes and produces dream sequences.”
Whilst Elton John featured his song ‘Drama’ on his Beats1 show back in 2018, heralding the track “fantastic”.
Perhaps NoMBe’s adroitness for writing pop music was influenced by his godmother, who is none other than the great Chaka Khan.
“She’s an incredible human being,” he shared. “I’ve learned a lot from her in terms of showmanship, how to carry yourself around fans, how to deal with demanding schedules … so I’m proud to call her a friend and family.