American musical duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern and known as Sofi Tukker have released their new single, “Kakee.”
Sofi Tukker are best known for their songs “Drinkee”, “Best Friend”, and “Purple Hat”. “Best Friend” was featured in a commercial during Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone X, while “Drinkee” was nominated for a Grammy at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
In December 2018, their album Treehouse was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album.
Sophie Hawley-Weld was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and grew up in rural Canada and Atlanta. She then attended United World College of the Adriatic, a UWC in Duino, Italy.
Tucker Halpern was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Growing up, he was a basketball player who was recruited by major Division I basketball schools, ending up at Brown University where he played three years and was the captain for a year. Due to an illness, he changed his career, started DJing and fell in love with making music.
Halpern and Hawley-Weld first met at Brown University in 2014 at an art gallery, where Hawley-Weld was performing and Halpern approached her, here they began writing and performing songs together.
Sofi Tukker released an EP, Soft Animals on July 8, 2016. The EP includes “Drinkee”, “Matadora”, “Awoo”, “Déjà Vu Affair”, “Moon Tattoo”, and “Hey Lion”. The title comes from a Mary Oliver poem (“You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves”).
Their song “Drinkee” from the Soft Animals EP was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Dance Recording. “Drinkee” is adapted from a poem written by the Brazilian poet, Chacal, sung sensually amidst cowbells, bongos, electric guitars and deep driving bass. Their song “Drinkee” is featured in The Incredible Jessica James.
On April 24, 2020, Australian radio station Triple J premiered a new song created by the duo titled “When The Rona’s Over”, as part of a COVID-19 self-isolation musical challenge nicknamed Quarantune.
Sofi Tukker began DJing while sheltering at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak and while it was not planned, they have continued every day, reaching 400 performances on April 19, 2021 with no plans to stop. Along the way, the show was expanded to Twitch, Facebook, Discord, Instagram Live. A social media-connected community of fans, known as the “Freak Fam”, have even formed their own channels and have Zoom dance parties during the livestream.
In February 2022, Sofi Tukker debuted “Original Sin”, the first single from their upcoming sophomore album Wet Tennis.