NAO - Saturn (LP)
British singer-songwriter Nao made waves in 2016 with her debut album, For All We Know, ushering in a style she dubbed wonky funk as smooth, downtempo EDM-influenced take on pop-R&B that resonated with fans on both sides of the pond. Now, she's followed up that triumph with Saturn. "My friends kept telling me about the term 'Saturn Returns,'" Nao explains. "It's this idea that Saturn takes 29 years to orbit from when you're born and it is the planet of blessings and growth. So by the time you're around 29, between 27 and 32, something big happens in your life. It's like waking up and coming of age, like: 'I've been going through my twenties and what have I been doing in this relationship?' What have I been doing in this job?' You start to rethink everything - old stuff that your parents taught you or ideas that you believed in. It's like a complete shedding of skin and it can be painful."