American duo Sofi Tukker (Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern) craft throbbing, '90s house-inspired jungle pop that resulted in a Grammy nomination their first song, 2016's "Drinkee." They made their full-length debut in 2018 with Treehouse, which was also nominated for a Grammy.
Hawley-Weld and Halpern met in Providence, Rhode Island, while attending Brown University. Soon after, the solo artists joined forces and composed their first song, "Drinkee," which became an international hit. 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. Streamed tens of millions of times and charting in multiple countries, the song went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. "Drinkee" appeared on the pair's 2016 debut EP, Soft Animals.
The following year, Sofi Tukker 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 places like Belgium and the Netherlands while cracking the Billboard Hot 100. They followed with the French-charting singles "That's It (I'm Crazy)" and "Batshit," the latter of which appeared on their debut LP, 2018's Treehouse. The Ultra Records release hit the album chart in Canada as well as peaking at number 14 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart. 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. In the meantime, Treehouse was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album. ~ Neil Z. Yeung