Neo Joshua grew up in East London studying vocal jazz. She’s since gone on to make what she calls “wonky funk”—a winning amalgamation of electronic music, R&B, soul and funk—as Nao, earning comparisons to FKA Twigs in the process. After doing time as a backup singer (for Jarvis Cocker no less) and putting out a couple of EPs, her first full-length, For All We Know (stream it below), came out last summer to near universal acclaim. “Nao’s debut album certainly isn’t shy about setting her out as one of the UK’s brightest new talents,” said NME. “The first thing you notice is her voice, a fluttery but punchy thing with a propulsive kind of power.” And Spin added: “Whether or not Nao is ‘Girlfriend’ material—to cite the demure-yet-hopeful ballad that closes this sensational debut—she’s evolving into an artist serious pop listeners can commit to.” You can also commit to seeing her in person because Nao (above, performing “Bad Blood” live in studio for KEXP FM) closes out her American tour on Friday night at Brooklyn Steel. And Brooklyn’s Brasstracks open the show.