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Sofi Tukker (stylized in all caps) is an American musical duo based in New York consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. The band is perhaps best known for its song "Best Friend", which was featured in a commercial during Apple's unveiling of the iPhone X, as well as their 2017 Grammy nominated song "Drinkee". In December 2018 their album Treehouse was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album.[4]

Sofi Tukker
OriginNew York City, New York, United States[1]
Genres
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websitewww.sofitukker.com
Members
  • Sophie Hawley-Weld
  • Tucker Halpern

HistoryEdit

Hawley-Weld was born on May 17, 1992 in Germany and grew up in rural Canada. She then attended United World College of the Adriatic, a boarding school in Duino, Italy.

Halpern was born on December 26, 1989 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Growing up, Halpern had a passion for basketball but did not pursue this and continued to learn music.

Halpern and Hawley-Weld first met at Brown University in 2014 at an art gallery, where Hawley-Weld was performing and Halpern approached her, here they began writing and performing songs together.[5]

Sofi Tukker released an EP, Soft Animals on July 8, 2016.[6] The EP includes "Drinkee", "Matadora", "Awoo",[7] Déjà Vu Affair, Moon Tattoo and "Hey Lion".[3] The title comes from a Mary Oliver poem ("You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves").

Their song "Drinkee" from the Soft Animals EP was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Dance Recording.[8] "Drinkee" is adapted from a poem written by the Brazilian poet, Chacal, sung sensually amidst cowbells, bongos, electric guitars and deep driving bass. Their song "Drinkee" is featured in The Incredible Jessica James.[9]

Their song "Johny" is featured in EA Sports' FIFA 17,[10] and was adapted from a poem by Brazilian poet Paulo Leminski.[11]

Their 2017 song "Best Friend" was played during the iPhone X full commercial reveal at the Apple Event on September 12, 2017.[12] It is also included in the football game FIFA 18, the second straight year that a song of theirs has been included on the soundtrack of FIFA.[13] It is also playing in the club scene in the 2018 movie "Ocean's Eight."

The clean version of their song "Batshit", titled "That's It (I'm Crazy)", was featured in a TV commercial for Apple promoting their special edition iPhone 8 RED smartphone in 2018.[14]

On June 28, 2018, they collaborated with Italian DJ Benny Benassi for the single "Everybody Needs A Kiss" [15] and on September 14, 2018 they released a remix of "Energia" with Brazilian star Pabllo Vittar.[16]

ReceptionEdit

Paste Magazine described the band's release as "an insatiable dance collection of jungle-pop songs with many well-executed nods towards Brazilian instruments, poets and to the national language, Portuguese". The magazine's review referred to the "carefully conceptualized 'Matadora'" as "the album's show-stopper".[17]

Slant Magazine said of their album Treehouse, "the songs on Sofi Tukker's Treehouse are alternately playful and sincere, intimate and global." "Though Sofi Tukker's mélange of disparate sounds and influences—bossa-nova rhythms, cowbells, castanets, and spaghetti-western guitars—lends Treehouse an air of worldly sophistication, Hawley-Weld and Halpern never take themselves or their music too seriously. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t." [18]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Dance

[19]
BEL
(FL)

[20]
CAN
[21]
NZ
Heat.

[22]
Treehouse 5 66 54 9

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays
Title Details
Soft Animals
Dancing on the People
  • Released: September 20, 2019[24]
  • Label: Ultra Music
  • Formats: Streaming, digital download, CD

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[25]
US Alt.
[26]
US Dance
[27]
AUS
[28]
BEL (FL)
[29]
CAN
[30]
FRA
[31]
ITA
[32]
"Drinkee" 2016 42 43 Soft Animals
"Hey Lion"[33]
"Awoo"[34]
"Matadora"[35]
"Déjà Vu Affair"[36]
"Johny"[37] 2017 Treehouse
"Greed"[38] Non-album single
"Fuck They"[39] Treehouse
"Best Friend"
(featuring Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno)[40]
81 15 5 10 61 86
"Energia"[43]
"Baby I'm a Queen"[44] 2018
"Batshit"[45] 22 47
"That's It (I'm Crazy)"[47] 16 67 Non-album singles
"Energia (Parte 2)"[48]
(with Pabllo Vittar)
"Benadryl" Treehouse
"Mi Rumba"[49]
(with Zhu)
2019 Non-album single
"Fantasy"[50] Dancing on the People
"Playa Grande"[51]
(with Bomba Estéreo)
"Swing"[52]
"Purple Hat"[53]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

as featured artistEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 "Drinkee" Best Dance Recording Nominated[55]
2019 Treehouse Best Dance/Electronic Album Nominated[56]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Harrington, Joe. "JOE'S NEW SONG OF THE DAY #222". JOE. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
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  14. ^ "Apple iPhone 8 RED Special Edition TV commercial". Retrieved April 17, 2018.
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  18. ^ "Sofi Tukker Treehouse", Slant Magazine, March 26, 2018
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  36. ^ "Déjà Vu Affair - Single by Sofi Tukker on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  37. ^ "Johny- Single by Sofi Tukker on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  38. ^ "Greed- Single by Sofi Tukker on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  39. ^ "F**k They - Single by Sofi Tukker". July 14, 2017.
  40. ^ "Best Friend (feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno) - Single by Sofi Tukker". September 12, 2017.
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  42. ^ "Sofi Tukker certified gold in the US". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
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  48. ^ "Pabllo Vittar grava novo clipe em Lisboa com dupla de DJs americanos". Extra (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  49. ^ Bein, Kat (January 18, 2019). "Sofi Tukker & Zhu have fun getting nasty with 'Mi Rumba': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  50. ^ Eckardt, Stephanie (March 22, 2019). "Premiere: Sofi Tukker's new music video for 'Fantasy' explores an alternate universe". W. Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
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  52. ^ "Swing - Single by Sofi Tukker". Apple Music. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  53. ^ "Purple Hat - Single by Sofi Tukker". Apple Music. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
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  55. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 2017 Grammys". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  56. ^ "61st Grammy Awards: Complete Nominees and Winners List". Retrieved February 18, 2019.

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