Written by Eric Gonzalez
After quite some time without releasing a full-length project, NYC producer Yaeji has announced her forthcoming mixtape, WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던, is to be released April 2nd via XL Recordings. The Korean-American DJ is best known for producing deep house tunes with hip-hop elements that usually involve her mellow vocals, both in English and Korean. One of the first tracks Yaeji has already released from this mixtape is titled “Waking Up Down”.
The track’s baseline is layered up between a soul-hugging melody and loosened riffs that turn it into a soothing dance-floor banger. The rhythmic drums with Yaeji‘s soft vocal takes you into a hazy exploration of healing by fixating on the idea that small victories are still victories. Some of the Korean lyrics she uses as a hook translate into, “it’s not easy/There’s no such thing as easy/If I’m lazy/They all say it’s my fault,” which aims at pushing the idea that success isn’t final and failure isn’t fatal. Alongside the track she also released a beautifully illustrated music video with some of the additional illustrations by Annie Zhao and production by Studio Yotta. Watch the video below!
Catch Yaeji, joined by Jessy Lanza, on her “WHAT WE DREW” Tour which will be hitting Houston September 26. The producer also plans on donating $1 from all ticket sales to a charity based on the stop. June shows will be dedicated to the Trans Life Line, September shows will be for the Soul Fire Farm, while the Toronto stop will be for Shelbourne’s Health Center and the Vancouver show for the Indigenous Climate Action Group. Head over to yaeji.com for any additional information such as presales and tour stops!