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Yaeji returns with the aspirational ‘Waking Up Down’ and a new mixtape on XL

Yaeji returns with the aspirational ‘Waking Up Down’ and a new mixtape on XL

Yay, it’s the return of Yaeji.

One of our favourite new artists of the last couple of years, Yaeji released a number of grade-A bangers of a Korean / American persuasion in the last number of years.

Two EPs featuring big tune ‘raingurl’, a cover of Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’, a once-off tune called ‘One More’ and a Charli XCX collab.

WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던 is the title of the forthcoming full-length mixtape from Yaeji, out on XL Recordings on April 2nd and ‘Waking Up Down’ is our first listen from it and comes with an anime-inspired video featuring Yaeji getting cooking lessons from an Egg among other things. Yaeji’s got a lot locked down.

Direction and further illustration by Annie Zhao and production by Studio Yotta.

Yaeji says the title – WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던  – “is so much about friendship, family, gratitude and support – support that I’ve felt, that I’ve given, and that we all share.”

The mixtape was produced at Yaeji’s recording studio in Brooklyn over the past two years and takes inspiration from the Korean indie rock and electronica that she listened to as a teenager in Seoul, and late ’90s and early 2000s hip hop and R&B.

Guests include Brooklyn-via-Oakland rapper Nappy Nina, London performance artist Victoria Sin, London producer Shy One, and Tokyo DJ and producer YonYon; tracks like “FREE INTERLUDE,” featuring New Yorkers Lil Fayo, trenchcoat, and Sweet Peas.

Yaeji is doing some dates this year with an all-new live show featuring dancers, original choreography and new stage production – dates below.

Yaeji Tour dates

Mon. June 08 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
Tue. June 09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Thurs. June 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
Fri. June 12 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
Sat. June 13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
Mon. June 15 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
Tues. June 16 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
Thurs. June 18 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
Fri. June 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
Sun. July 19 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sat. August 1 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Thurs. Sept 10 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox *
Fri. Sept. 11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland *
Sat. Sept. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore *
Weds. Sept. 16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre *
Tues. Sept. 22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
Thurs. Sept. 24 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre *
Fri. Sept. 25 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
Sat. Sept. 26 – Houston, TX @ White Oak *

Sun. Nov 8 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
Tues. Nov 10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Weds. Nov 11 – London, UK @ Heaven
Sat. Nov. 14 – Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre
*Jessy Lanza will open as support 

Yaeji – WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던 tracklist

1. MY IMAGINATION 상상
2. WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던
3. IN PLACE 그 자리 그대로
4. WHEN I GROW UP
5. MONEY CAN’T BUY (ft. Nappy Nina)
6. FREE INTERLUDE (ft. Lil Fayo, trenchcoat, Sweet Pea)
7. SPELL 주문 (ft. YonYon, G.L.A.M.)
8. WAKING UP DOWN
9. IN THE MIRROR 거울
10. THE TH1NG (ft. Victoria Sin, Shy One)
11. THESE DAYS 요즘
12. NEVER SETTLING DOWN

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