New York-based duo Sofi Tukker craft throbbing, '90s house-inspired jungle pop that resulted in a Grammy nomination before they even released a full-length album. The pair — Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern — met in Providence, Rhode Island while attending Brown University. Soon after, the solo artists joined forces and composed their first song, "Drinkee," which would become an international hit. Streamed over 30 million times and charting in multiple countries, "Drinkee" went on to receive a Grammy nomination in 2017. The track featured lyrics adapted from a Brazilian poem and was sung in Portuguese (which Hawley-Weld studied in college), adding to its global appeal. "Drinkee" appeared on the pair's 2016 debut EP, Soft Animals.
The following year, they issued the collaborative single "Best Friend" featuring Nervo, the Knocks, and Japanese vocalist Alisa Ueno. The track gained traction after appearing in a smartphone commercial and topped dance charts in the U.S., Belgium, and the Netherlands. They followed with "Baby I'm a Queen," "Batshit," and "That's It (I'm Crazy)," which all appeared on their debut LP, Treehouse, released in spring 2018. Collaborations with Pabllo Vittar ("Energia [Parte 2]") and the Knocks ("Brazilian Soul") followed later that year, as did the ZHU-assisted "Mi Rumba" in early 2019. ~ Neil Z. Yeung