Soft Animals is the first release from New York duo Sofi Tukker, comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. The EP comes fresh off the heels of their successful debut single “Drinkee” and gives listeners even more of their worldly inspired brand of dance music.
With producers like Zedd, Calvin Harris, Flume and Diplo ruling the airwaves, synthetic beats and guest vocals become a huge part of chart success. I mean no disrespect when I say this, but in some ways the “Dance” genre has become so predictable and so generic that the only way to truly enjoy it is drunk and/or stoned on a dance floor. That’s why acts like Sofi Tukker are so refreshing.
Soft Animals includes a multitude of actual instruments both conventional and unconventional. The guitar on tracks like “Drinkee” and “Deja Vu Affair” are stinging, while the piano on “Awoo” provides a sexy rhythm accompanied by bongos that only add to the track’s charm.
Another aspect of Sofi Tukker that makes them quite unique is the fact that they sing in both Portuguese and English. Both “Drinkee” and “Matadora” are inspired by Brazilian poet, Chacal and provide a beautiful escape from the ordinary. Although there is not much to be found on the internet regarding vocalist Sophie Hawley-Weld, if she doesn’t have any Portuguese in her background, she could fool anyone.
Soft Animals is easily one of my favorite dance releases in the last five years at least. One listen through and you feel as though you’ve been dancing around the world. Sofi Tukker are exactly what this music world needs.
Listen to the EP via Spotify below
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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