First Listen: WAYI gives us a "Chill"

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    (November 8, 2021) If life is a buffet, then what we choose to sample can be a matter of when we're able to indulge: one day, there's enough time for roast beef and red wine, on another day just enough for toast and a smoothie. We are in the midst of cuffing season right now, and while some are searching for a meaningful, long-term connection, others just want what's tasty and satisfying...the relationship equivalent of a corny dog. That's what WAYI describes in her intriguing slow burn single, "Chill." 

    (November 8, 2021) If life is a buffet, then what we choose to sample can be a matter of when we're able to indulge: one day, there's enough time for roast beef and red wine, on another day just enough for toast and a smoothie. We are in the midst of cuffing season right now, and while some are searching for a meaningful, long-term connection, others just want what's tasty and satisfying...the relationship equivalent of a corny dog. That's what WAYI describes in her intriguing slow burn single, "Chill." 

    We are all living in the 21st century, but it seems that only the guys seem to have the go-ahead from society to keep their options open, wait to settle down and feel free to indulge in a few, ahem, sample portions along the way.  But sometimes the ladies want to get a nibble here and there on the side as well, even if it's off someone else's plate (ahem). This Belgium-based songstress has a way of conveying that truth in the clear, yet come-hither style: "Let's keep it between us and your girl ain't gotta know," WAYI husks over a throbbing, blue-basement-party groove. "I don't want your love, I don't want your heart...tell me if you wanna chill." 

    Self-assurance, sultriness and a lilting soprano have earned WAYI chart motion (her previous song, "Mind Mazes," made it to #1 on Belgium's Ultratop charts and Top 10 in the R&B category), attention from the likes of Elton John, and an opening performance spot with Raphael Saadiq. WAYI's gifts are modern, but tasting the forbidden fruit is a tale as old as time: "Chill" is just an intriguing interlude that reminds the listener of how sweet such a temptation can be.  

    By Melody Charles

    WAYI – “Chill”