by Andrew Sacher

photo: Nao at Pitchfork Paris 2015 (more by Rachel Jaurez-Carr)

London singer Nao has given us two EPs so far, 2014’s So Good and last year’s February 15. The title track of the first one was with A.K. Paul, Jai Paul’s brother who co-wrote and sang on his best-known songs. Another impressive Nao collaborator was Disclosure, whose 2015 album Caracal she sang on. A debut album is promised, featuring recent single “Bad Blood.” But first, she’s announced a short North American tour with BBC Sound of 2016 longlisted producer Mura Masa, who she’s also collaborated with (on the song “Firefly”).

The tour hits NYC on May 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. All dates are listed, along with music by Nao and Mura Musa, below.

In related news, Mura Masa’s Someday Somewhere EP also features UK rapper Jay Prince, who is also touring soon. His dates are mostly overseas, but so far also include Toronto and NYC. The NYC show happens March 12 at Rough Trade. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/3) at noon.

Late last year, Jay released the Beautiful Mercy EP which features Allan Kingdom and more. This week he followed it up with his first song of 2016, “Heights.” He kind of sounds like a British Kendrick Lamar (actually, he sounds almost exactly like a British Kendrick Lamar). He pulls it off though. Stream his EP and new single, with his list of dates, below…

Nao & Mura Masa — 2016 Tour Dates
6th May – Toronto Mod Club
7th May – Bowery Ballroom
8th May – Chicago Schubas
12th May – San Francisco Independent
13th May – Los Angeles Roxy

Jay Prince — 2016 Tour Dates
Wed 03 Feb 2016 XOYO London, UK
Thu 04 Feb 2016 The Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
Fri 05 Feb 2016 Uebel & Gefährlich Hamburg, Germany
Sat 06 Feb 2016 Freund + Kupferstecher Stuttgart, Germany
Sun 07 Feb 2016 Exil Zürich, Switzerland
Mon 15 Feb 2016 Rote Sonne Munich, Germany
Tue 16 Feb 2016 Cassiopeia Berlin, Germany
Wed 17 Feb 2016 Le Ferrailleur Nantes, France
Thu 18 Feb 2016 La Boule Noire Paris, France
Fri 19 Feb 2016 Patronaat Haarlem, Netherlands
Sat 20 Feb 2016 Ideal Bar, VEGA Copenhagen, Denmark
Wed 24 Feb 2016 Ideal Bar, VEGA Copenhagen, Denmark
Fri 11 Mar 2016 Drake Hotel Underground Toronto, ON, Canada
Sat 12 Mar 2016 Rough Trade NYC