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NAO captivated listeners back in 2016 with her brand of electronic-tinged, neo-soul-leaning R&B on her debut album, For All We Know. She continued her ascent with her Grammy- and Mercury Prize-nominated sophomore LP, Saturn, in 2018, and after taking a brief hiatus due to pregnancy, the British star is gearing up to release her as-yet-untitled third studio album.
In August 2020, months after she had given birth, NAO surprised fans with her collab with soul-indie-folk singer Lianne La Havas, with the song “Woman”. NAO then teamed up with Afrobeats star Adekunle Gold earlier this year for the track “Antidote”, and now she’s back with the third single from the impending album, “Messy Love”.
Produced by Brooklyn’s D’Mile, NAO pens a track that’s as emotive as it is empowering, as she details leaving a toxic relationship after being divided on what to do. The beat is more traditional-sounding R&B than we’re used to hearing NAO on, but it allows for her poetic lyrics to take centre stage, giving its expressive composition room to breathe.
Press play on “Messy Love” and be sure to add the song to your playlists.