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    Nao

    Nao is killing the game in 2015, bringing a blend of sensuality and aggression that continues work started by artists like Jungle and, more in terms of the vocals, FKA twigs. Unlike twigs, however, Nao's music stays accessible, anchored by sparse, echoing drums that keep time while she builds erratic tornadoes of sound above the beat.

    Her recently released February 15 EP is a how-to guide on the state of modern electronic funk: from the sharp, staccato danceability of "Golden" to the sneering cool of "Zillionaire," Nao is showcasing her skills as a sound collector and vocalist in a way few others can. She's also capable of pulling it back: check out "Apple Cherry" for evidence of Nao at half-speed, breathy vocals still pulling listeners in with delicate precision.