Sofi Tukker: Treehouse

Posted July 20, 2018 by in Dance pop



3.5/ 5


Genre: ,
Genre: House, eletronica
Producer: Sofi Tukker
Label: Sofi Tukker, Ultra
Format: Digital download, compact disc, vinyl
Time: 31:44
Release Date: 11 May 2018
Spin This: "Fuck They," "Batshit," "Benadryl," "Best Friend"


Playful, bilingual, sexy and jovially cultural; Treehouse is an overtly dance party record packed with funky grooves and EDM wit


Towards the backend of the set, some of the songs bring down the momentum ("My Body Hurts," "The Dare")

NYC EDM duo gets playful and globally adventurous on dancey debut LP

by J Matthew Cobb
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NYC EDM duo gets playful and globally adventurous on dancey debut LP

sofitukker-01After their debut EP landed a Grammy nod for the gold-certified, Portuguese-heavy “Drinkee,” NYC-based EDM duo Sofi Tukker began work on their first full-length set. In just a matter of months, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern have assembled Treehouse, a brief ten-track disc made up of jungle EDM and jubilant global house penned mostly by Hawley-Weld and Halpern alongside a supporting cast of team players (Jon Hume, Jason Sellards, Charlie Barker).

Things kick off with “Fuck They,” a playful jam that sounds like a warped mutation of Jax Jones’ “You Don’t Know Me,” but with a minor twist of techno, spaghetti Western and Scissor Sisters fun. And like a non-stop dance party, a collection of dancey tracks transpires. “Energia” is a percussion-heavy celebration loaded with hand claps, exclusive Portuguese lyrics and heavy dance floor pulses. “Batshit,” a definite album highlight, plays with Right Said Fred and neon throwback disco, while DJ duo NERVO, The Knocks and Tokyo singer Alisa Ueno team up on “Best Friend,” a song used recently in an iPhone X commercial that traces the bassy corners of Nick Jonas’s “Levels.”  And there’s the Charlie Barker-guested “Good Time Girl,” sounding like Lorde on throwback house. The sprightly pop vocals of Hawley-Weld handles much of the hooky choruses, grasping for Tove Lo epicness.

Not everything loaded on Treehouse is tailored for adrenaline-rushing dance, as the mid-tempo gem “Benadryl” paces with more bilingual verses atop dreamy synths and indie pop. And “Johny” returns them to a hazy spaghetti Western aura, but with echo-infused psychedelic riffs. And halfway in, some of the songs don’t take off with gusto (“My Body Hurts” comes and goes like a summer breeze; “The Dare” plays with a midtempo hypnotic sound and sultry vocals, but feels empty due to its lyricless choruses), but the assembled music is strong with character, smart production and multiple layers of EDM sophistication. It’s more than enough to give Sofi Tukker an exceptional pass to the cool kids’ disco.



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J Matthew Cobb

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