Yaeji Announces Debut Full-Length What We Drew, Shares Lead Single "Waking Up Down"

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Yaeji Announces Debut Full-Length <i>What We Drew</i>, Shares Lead Single "Waking Up Down"

New York City-via-Seoul electronic producer, DJ and vocalist Yaeji has announced her first full-length, new mixtape What We Drew, out April 2 on XL Recordings. Our first preview of the project is self-produced lead single “Waking Up Down,” out now alongside an anime-inspired music video. The artist has also announced new North American and European summer tour dates.

The “Waking Up Down” video showcases far more than just Yaeji’s musical talents: The adorable three-minute animation is based entirely on her own original character designs and illustrations. Directed by Annie Xing Zhao, and drawing inspiration from classic anime opening sequences, the video finds Yaeji and her best friend Woofa taking on the everyday challenges of adulthood with confidence: “I’ve got waking up down / I’ve got cooking down / I’ve got making a list and checking down / I’ve got hydrating down / I’ve got listening down / I’ve got you and me, and we’re all so down,” boasts Yaeji over a pulsing underground club beat, toggling between English and Korean lyrics. Meanwhile, her animated avatar soon learns to back up her talk with walk, mastering her daily tasks with help from her friends CEO Lotta Chex, Coach Bird & Worm, and Chef Eggman, eventually achieving her final form thanks to the wisdom of Grandma Old Yaeji.

Yaeji says in a statement that What We Drew’s collective title is key, as the project “is so much about friendship, family, gratitude and support—support that I’ve felt, that I’ve given, and that we all share.” Though Yaeji self-produced the mixtape entirely over the course of two years, a press release notes she drew from “a wide range of sounds, including the Korean indie rock and electronica that she listened to as a teenager in Seoul,” and recruited “guests featured on the project [who] represent her community in New York City and beyond, including Brooklyn-via-Oakland rapper Nappy Nina, London performance artist Victoria Sin, London producer Shy One, and Tokyo DJ and producer YonYon.”

Yaeji broke out in 2017 with her acclaimed Yaeji and EP2 EPs—she’s since remixed Charlie XCX and Robyn, sold out a pair of headlining world tours, and curated and organized Brooklyn warehouse rave Elancia, with ambitions to branch out into visual art, game design and more. Her summer tour will feature a brand new live show comprising dancers, original choreography and new stage production.

Watch the “Waking Up Down” video below and find the details of What We Drew further down, along with Yaeji’s tour dates—part of the proceeds from her shows will benefit various LGBTQ+ and climate justice organizations via PLUS1.ORG. You can get tickets here and preorder her new mixtape here.

What We Drew Cover Art:


What We Drew Tracklist:
01. My Imagination
02. What We Drew
03. In Place
04. When I Grow Up
05. Money Can’t Buy (feat. Nappy Nina)
06. Free Interlude (feat. Lil Fayo, trenchcoat, Sweet Pea)
07. Spell (feat. YonYon, G.L.A.M.)
08. Waking Up Down
09. In the Mirror
10. The Th1ng (feat. Victoria Sin, Shy One)
11. These Days
12. Never Settling Down

Yaeji Tour Dates:

08 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club *
09 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer *
11 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse *
12 – Asheville, N.C. @ Orange Peel *
13 – Manchester, Tenn. @ Bonnaroo Festival
15 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre *
16 – Toronto, Ont. @ Danforth Music Hall *
18 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise *
19 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel *

19 – Chicago, Ill. @ Pitchfork Music Festival

01 – Montreal, Que. @ Osheaga Festival

10 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox *
11 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland *
12 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore *
16 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theatre *
22 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre *
24 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theatre *
25 – Austin, Texas @ Emo’s *
26 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak *

08 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
11 – London, U.K. @ Heaven
14 – Paris, France @ Elysée Montmartre

(* Jessy Lanza will open as support)