Nao - "Bad Blood"
Nao is good at sensual and sultry. She's proven that in the past, and while that's not the limit of her abilities, it's definitely something that we don't mind her revisiting. On her latest single, "Bad Blood," Nao's sweet, coy voice cajoles listeners to stay with her, amplified by the sweltering, molasses-like production that feels simultaneously minimalist and powerful.
It's a very strong first introduction to her debut album, and if the rest is as brilliant as "Bad Blood," she might find her album on some "Best of 2016" lists.—Joyce