Sérgio Mendes is set to drop his highly anticipated new album, In the Key of Joy, in Japan ahead of its worldwide release Nov. 27.
The Japan edition of the Brazilian musician’s first new studio album in over five years will include a remix of the lead track, “Sabor Do Rio,” with J-pop rapper SKY-HI.
In the Key of Joy includes all new tracks, which Mendes notes was “the first time I became so involved in the songwriting,” showcasing an array of his signature vibrant Brazilian-infused pop.
The original version of “Sabor Do Rio” features Common, and the album’s other features include Mendes’ longtime collaborators Hermeto Pascoal and Gracinha Leporace.
Mendes reached out to SKY-HI after seeing the rapper and singer’s skill and star-power in his music video for “Double Down.” The collaboration is the veteran artist’s first with a Japanese rapper: “I was very lucky to meet the young and gifted SKY-HI,” he said. “This track isn’t just a remix: He reinterpreted the original song and created something new. I’m very glad we were able to cross borders and generations to come together as one through music.”
SKY-HI first met Mendes in the fall of 2018 in Tokyo. “I thought it must be some kind of prank when I first received the offer,” he recalled. “I said so in the song as well, but both my parents and I are huge fans, and Sérgio’s sunny energy both as a musician and as a person gave me a priceless experience that I’ll never forget.”
“Sabor Do Rio -SKY-HI Remix-” dropped digitally Friday (Oct. 25) ahead of the album’s release. You can pre-order the album on iTunes Store.