Nao Yoshioka is quickly becoming a force in the world of R&B. The Japan-born vocalist who now lives in the U.S. made huge waves with her album Undeniable in 2019 and now appears ready to continue her ascent into international consciousness. For her latest release, Yoshioka collaborated with the London-based production duo Blue Lab Beats for a remix of her track “Loyalty” on Sweet Soul Records. The new flip elevates the track from its original form and provides further evidence of Yoshioka’s broadening appeal.
While the silky smooth first version of “Loyalty” certainly wasn’t lacking in style and charisma, Blue Lab Beats’ remix takes it into another gear. NK-OK and Mr. DM give a jolt of energy by bumping up the tempo slightly and laying down a crackling drumbeat that gives the track an irresistible edge. The duo does a masterful job in reworking the original with taste and subtlety to keep Yoshioka’s infectious vocals and catchy melodies at the forefront of the mix. The soulful synth solo that closes out the track offers a proper final statement of creativity from Blue Lab Beats. With boundless talent and impressive collaborations like “Loyalty,” Nao Yoshioka shows why she is an artist on the rise.