Don’t You Dare Throw Away This Eurotrash — A Bass-Thumping Dance Record Just in Time for the Summer Heat
Members choose #sofitukker to receive the new vinyl release of “Treehouse”
Who Is Sofi Tukker?
With a Grammy nomination for their song “Drinkee” in 2017 before their debut album even dropped, this duo came to the table not fucking around. Based in New York, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern make bass-thumping, euphoric club music with catchy no-shits-given lyrics and some tropical Brazilian flavor.
As you might have, I first heard Sofi Tukker in an iPhone commercial earlier this year. The “Apple bump,” where an unsuspecting indie band is hurdled onto millions of televisions and Youtube ads across the world as the soundtrack for perfectly designed shiny objects, is very much a real thing. They join a storied list of bands like The Tings Tings, The Fratellis, Feist, Chairlift, and Grouplove who were all blessed with the promotion. More recently, Apple’s moved away from upbeat indie rock towards grooving bass lines and club-ready synths with artists like Lizzo, Labrinth, and Vulfpeck. It’s Apple’s futuristic electronic utopia. This is where Sofi Tukker comes in.
You’ll Like If You Enjoy
To describe Sofi Tukker only by their Apple commercial would be selling them short. Right off the bat on the first song “Fuck They,” they make it clear that they’re not going to mince words on this album. “I don’t give a fuck about they / Who’s they?” she sings, as if she couldn’t even be bothered to remember their name. It’s an invigorating “fuck you” anthem — the kind of song you listen to when you just want to flip off the haters in your life and dance until they kick you out of the club.
I think at another point in my life I would have been embarrassed to love this album so much. But I’ve promised myself to stop using the phrase “guilty pleasures.” If I like it, there’s no reason to be guilty about it. This record is pure 90s Euro House trash, and I love it. It’s “trashy chic” in the same way as Kesha’s boozy glittered-out “Tik Tok,” or yelling along to Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” or the euphoric rush of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut To The Feeling.”
Every song on this record is good. The tracks “Energia,” “Johnny,” and “ The Dare” immediately stand out with their Portuguese lyrics — it’s really refreshing to hear something different on a dance track. There’s the slow banger “Benadryl,” the self-love celebration “Baby, I’m a Queen,” and the colorful singles “B*****t” and “Best Friend.” With the summer heat in full swing, this tropical dance album is going to be playing on full blast.
This is an anthem for all the crazies like myself out there. Embrace it. Get wild. Normal is boring. Plus this song has been stuck in my head for two weeks.
“Best Friend (feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno)”
“Yo, you wanna meet me at the bar? Yo, you wanna meet me at the lounge? Yo, you wanna meet me at the club? Yo, you wanna meet me downtown?” speaks The Knocks in a pitch-shifted deadpan reminiscent of Laserkraft 3d’s Nein, Mann! It was a big hit in Germany. I swear.
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