The story of how New York’s Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern met goes something along the lines of this: Tucker was looking to become a basketball player but following a long-term virus he changed his plans and turned to learning how to DJ and produce. Sophie was playing acoustic bossa nova music at an art gallery gig one day where Tucker was the DJ for the event. They met, Tucker remixed one of Sophie’s songs on the spot and Sofi Tukker was formed.
Pan forward and now Sofi Tukker are a fully formed duo, delighting audiences with their cool-party vibe shows and a versatile debut EP called Soft Animals; a number of tracks from which have featured on Breaking More Waves.
If there’s one word to describe the music of Sofi Tukker it would simply be FUN. Fusing worldwide influences (check out Sophie’s near chanted delivery of the lyrics of Drinkee, a poem by the Brazilian poet Chacal for example, that found its way onto an Apple Watch advert), with elements of house and pop, Sofi Tukker create a carnival of sound that works equally well on home headphones or banging out of a huge soundsystem. They’re clearly two people that despite having very different personal tastes meet in the middle to create to something a little bit unique.
For 2017 go and see them live if you get the chance (warning: there may be dance routines) and hope for further releases to match the big grin pleasure of their debut EP.
Sofi Tukker - Drinkee (Video)
Sofi Tukker - Matadora