NAO’s debut album For All We Know will be released on July 29th on CD and LP via Little Tokyo Recordings/RCA Records and is set to be one of the defining records of 2016.
Her emergence as one of the most adored new singers of the year has been as fluid and elegant as one of her vocal phrases. Now she has delivered her highly anticipated debut For All We Know, a transcendent set of 18 songs. Woozy, spacey funk, shot through with her effortless breath-taking toplines, part neo-soul, part UK bass, part funk rock – all at a sensual, stepping R&B pace.
The record features fan favorites “Girlfriend,” “Inhale Exhale,” “Bad Blood” and “Fool To Love” as well as incredible unheard tracks like “Trophy” – where NAO collaborates with A.K. Paul again – and “Get To Know Ya” co-produced by XL Recordings’ Jungle. Other co-producers (NAO is credited as producer on 17 of the 18 tracks) include her good friends John Calvert (“In The Morning,” “Blue Wine,” “We Don’t Give A”), GRADES (“Bad Blood,” “Fool To Love,” “Inhale Exhale,” “Girlfriend”) and LOXE (“Adore You,” “Give Me A Little”).
NAO grew up in South Woodford, East London, listening to gospel in her local Evangelical church, her brother’s jungle UK garage and her sister’s 90s and 00s R&B – going on to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She starting writing songs in her mid-twenties after a few years of teaching school kids to sing and doing backing vocal gigs for the likes of Pulp and Kwabs.
Inspired by Little Dragon, the ideas and words flowed, and she soon began working on her own songs, resulting in her 2014 debut EP, So Good. The EP’s title track, made with A.K. Paul, whizzed around the world accumulating millions of plays on Soundcloud. NAO’s 2015 follow-up EP, February 15th, contained the single “Zillionaire” which was featured in a Samsung Galaxy commercial. By January 2016 she placed third in the high-profile BBC Sound Poll and her incredible year continues with a recent performance on Later…with Jools Holland, the cover of The Guardian and rave reviews from Fader, Essence, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, and more.
For All We Know is the record of a one-of-a-kind artist destined for greatness. A record you can dip your head into for a 360-degree spectrum of kaleidoscopic digi-funk.
1 Intro (Like Velvet)
2 Get to Know Ya
3 Inhale Exhale
4 Voice Memo 161
6 Voice Memo 162
7 Adore You (feat. Abhi Dijon)
8 In The Morning
9 Trophy (feat. A. K. Paul)
10 Bad Blood
12 We Don’t Give A
13 Give Me A Little
14 Fool to Love
15 Voice Memo 4 (Say Yes)
16 Blue Wine
18 Feels Like (Perfume)
NAO has announced her return to North America as well as her biggest UK tour to date. The tour kicks off on September 14th at Brooklyn, NY’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and culminates into what will be an incredible night at the Knust in Hamburg, Germany on November 16th. Prior to the tour, NAO will also be performing at several festivals including Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway.
Aug 12 Oslo, Norway Oya Festival
Aug 13 Goteborg, Sweden Way Out West Festival
Aug 18 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop Festival –
Sept 14th Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sept 15th Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Sept 16th Montreal, QC Belmont
Sept 18th Detroit, MI El Club
Sept 19th Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Sept 20th Grinnell, IA Grinnell College
Sept 23rd Seattle, WA Barboza
Sept 24th Vancouver, BC Biltmore
Sept 25th Portland, OR Holocene
Sept 27th San Francisco, CA Social Hall
Sept 28th Los Angeles, CA El Rey
Oct 1st Austin TX Austin City Limits
Oct 25 Manchester, United Kingdom 02 Ritz
Oct 26 Glasgow, United Kingdom Glasgow Art School
Oct 27 Leeds, United Kingdom Leeds University Union
Oct 29 Hove, United Kingdom All Saints Church
Oct 30 Birmingham, United Kingdom Birmingham 02 Institute 2
Nov 01 Bristol, United Kingdom Motion
Nov 03 London, United Kingdom 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov 08 Zurich, Switzerland Exil
Nov 09 Brussels, Belgium Botanique Orangerie
Nov 10 Paris, France Cafe La Danse
Nov 14 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
Nov 16 Hamburg, Germany Knust
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