The Rescue Rooms archives: 2016

NAO (moved from The Bodega), live at Rescue Rooms

  • Friday 22nd April 2016
  • Supported by: Demo Taped


Genre: R&B

About: Nao, not to be confused with Noa, although it’s easily done, is one of several – many, to be honest – young R&B-tinged female artists eager for attention. There’s Grace Acladna, B Miles, Mags, each of them soulful and experimental, yet with an attention to commercial imperatives – every base covered. And we say this not to show that talents such as Nao are 10-a-penny, but to prove how exceptional she is. Even in a field crowded with aspiring artists with strong voices and interesting musical ideas, she stands out. She has released a couple of EPs, the first of which, So Good, drew the attention of all the right people and led to a No 1 on HypeMachine, as well as a No 4 on the iTunes electronic chart, a BBC 1Xtra playlist and 1.5m plays on Soundcloud. She then went on to sell out her first two London shows in a matter of days and was asked to join Little Dragon on their 22-date European tour. - The Guardian

“Nao plays with … purple-hued funk, smoky neo-soul, muted washes of dubstep and other UK bass permutations […] but integrates them so seamlessly that the stylistic breadth barely registers” – Pitchfork.

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Please note this is a 14+ show.