Nao set the internet alight with So Good, her song with A.K. Paul, earlier this year. Within 48 hours it had taken on a life of its own, taking the #1 spot on Hype Machine, being streamed over 100k times (it currently sits just shy of the million mark), got played as part of Zane Lowe's 'Next Hype' on BBC Radio 1, and received nods from the likes of Disclosure, Jacques Greene, Little Dragon, and Chet Faker.
With an early introduction to vocals and harmony from her gospel-hooked mother and a love for soul icon Donny Hathaway and Erykah Badu, Nao takes her vocal influences and combines them with an East London upbringing that saw her witness grime first hand, exposing her to a modern production that has stayed with her and helped form a potent mixture of styles.
Now, Nao is releasing her debut EP, 'So Good', through her own label, Little Tokyo Recordings – and we're super excited to say that it's getting a special vinyl release through our very own Dummy Records!
Written by Nao and co-produced by a mixture of artists – A.K. Paul, William Arcane, John Calvert, and Loxe – the 'So Good' EP leaps forward with old school soul throwbacks and flickers of hip hop and Motown, spliced with a modern production.
Stream So Good and Back Porch – which will be released exclusively on the 12" – above.
Nao will be supporting Little Dragon on tour throughout November and December, and you can peep those dates below. She'll also be playing a special show at Corsica Studios on Deember 11th – you can buy a ticket for that along with the 12" of 'So Good' in a special bundle here.
Nao 'So Good' EP tracklist:
01. So Good (Nao vs. A.K. Paul)
02. Good Girl (prod. by William Arcane)
03. Control (prod. by John Calvert)
04. Interlude (prod. by Loxe)
05. Adore (feat. Abhi//Dijon) (prod. by Loxe)
06. Back Porch (prod. by John Calvert) *
* vinyl exclusive
Nao live dates:
November 11th: La Cigale, Paris*
November 13th: Tivoli, Wieldrecht*
November 17th: Corn Exchange, Brighton*
November 18th: Institute, Birmingham*
November 19th: 02 Academy, Bristol*
November 21st: Leeds Met, Leeds*
November 22nd: Albert Hall, Manchester*
November 23rd: 02 ABC, Glasgow*
November 25th: Vicar Street, Dublin*
November 27th: Brixton Academy, London*
November 29th: Oxford Academy, Oxford*
December 1st: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels*
December 2nd: Les Docks, Lausanna*
December 3rd: Tonhalle, Munich*
December 4th: Live Music Hall, Cologne*
December 6th: Den Atelier, Luxembourg*
December 8th: Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin*
December 11th: Corsica Studios, London
* with Little Dragon