Yonatan “Yoni” Aya, who makes experimental soul under the moniker Chiiild, has enlisted British crooner Mahalia for a brand-new single, “Awake.”
“Awake” features a much more laid-back and sensual production compared to Chiiild’s earlier song “Sleepwalking.” On the collaboration, Mahalia and Chiiild take turns dreaming up steamy scenarios with their respective partners.
“Time slows down when you pull up to the venue / Michelin star crib and my body’s on the menu / VIP treatment, giving you the chef’s special / ’Cause I still get butterflies daily, like the first day that I met you,” Mahalia sings on the opening, before Chiiild invites his lover to “meet me in the bedroom.”
“I love Chiiild,” Mahalia praised her collaborator in a press statement. “And I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this beautiful song. Hope you all love ‘Awake’ as much as I do.”
The collab is expected to appear on Chiild’s upcoming album, Hope for Sale, alongside “Sleepwalking.” Out in July, the album will follow his 2020 debut EP Synthetic Soul.
Stream “Awake” here: