For the last half decade, Auckland-based jazz/prog-fusion four piece Yoko-Zuna have in a no-nonsense manner, built themselves a rock solid local reputation as a compelling, performance-focused live act, studio project, and top-tier backing band option for Aotearoa New Zealand’s hip-hop, RnB and soul music communities.

After releasing their expansive second album Voyager last year, and following it up with some superbly realised multimedia live shows, they’re currently gearing up for, in celebration of their first five years together as a band, the release of Voyager: B-Sides & Remixes collection.

Our first window into this collection is ‘Yours’, a collaboration with fellow Auckland-based vocalist and producer Miloux. Much like Yoko-Zuna, Miloux has spent the last few years building herself a multi-faceted reputation through releasing her own neo-soul, jazz and downbeat infused material collaborating with a range of Australian and New Zealand electronica artists, and producing for Dubai-based singer Layla Kardan.

On ‘Yours’ Miloux lends a refined, heartsick elegance to the spacious cosmic soul backdrop Yoko-Zuna dreamed up for her, matching a vocal cadence straight out of late 90s/early 2000s Soulquarian era neo-soul with jazzy percussion and warm sweeping synths, all building to a crescendo around her repeated refrain of “I would be.” Three minutes of listening time well spent.

You can stream or purchase ‘Yours’ through Spotify or Bandcamp.