Release Radar: Thundercat and Yaeji

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In a time of uncertainty, stress, detachedness, and copious amounts of free time, The Sideline Observer aims to keep you all connected to the latest hot releases from across the realm of music. This week, we bring two projects that blur the lines of their respective genres. With Thundercat’s reflective feature-heavy album “It Is What It Is” and Yaeji’s first full-length project “WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던”, check out some of the most compelling releases from this week. 

Thundercat // “It Is What It Is

Released April 3, 2020

Three years after his prior release, “Drunk,” solo bassist Thundercat has come back resolutely with the 37-minute “It Is What It Is.” With his late friend Mac Miller at the center of his mind during production, Thundercat crafted 15 elegant, short tracks focused on using his bass strings to tear at the ones in our hearts. 

With veteran American singer Steve Arrington to the guitar prodigy Pedro Martins, this project exhibits the multi-instrumentalist pulling top talent from across the globe to craft his iconic hip-hop-influenced bass-centered sound. Whether it’s an emotional listen or a background for a sesh, throw on Thundercat’s fresh project to experience one of the elite releases so far this year. 

Highlighted tracks: 

Dragonball Durag

Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington & Childish Gambino)

Unrequited Love

Yaeji // “WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던

April 2, 2020

Following her breakout 2017 projects “EP2” and the self-titled “Yaeji,” Kathy Yaeji Lee has kicked off 2020 with the release of her first full-length project in “WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던.” While the young Korean-American’s unique sound is hard to pinpoint with undertones of electronica, hip-hop, and pop, Yaeji makes it clear that she has deliberately curated a distinctive genre with this album. 

Unconventionally switching between Korean and English, electronic and rap, solo and featured have always been strengths of Yaeji’s style, and “WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던” displays this 26-year old at the top of her game. With a powerful look to the future, Yaeji has solidified her stance as a high-flying artist with this top-tier project. 

Highlighted tracks:

MONEY CAN’T BUY (feat. Nappy Nina)” 

WAKING UP DOWN

NEVER SETTLING DOWN

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