Get yourself to the NAO party.
She’s been selling out shows in her home country and she was featured in the illustrious BBC Sound of 2016 Poll. Plus artists who choose to collaborate with Disclosure also tend to end up doing pretty alright for themselves – see: ‘Superego’ off Caracal.
If you haven’t yet either, get your ears around ‘Fool To Love’. Self-described as “wonky funk”, she creates music in a similar vein to fellow Brits AlunaGeorge. The template no-bullshit attitude layered over funky hip-hop beats. The difference with ‘Fool To Love’ is its late 90s/early 00s R&B smoothness. More TLC, less FKA twigs. NAO also knows how to make use of a well-timed dramatic break mid-song, and that is what makes ‘Fool To Love’ for me. Cool kicks on the dancefloor ready.
Hometown: London, UK.
Upcoming album: To be released later in the year.
Sounds like: Elizabeth Rose, Sinead Harnett, Kelela.
Say what? Nao recorded her vocals for her EPs in her cupboard for its dead space.
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