House of Blues, Dallas, Texas
May 8, 2018
Words/Pictures: Krystal Garcia
Following the release of their debut album 'Treehouse' on Ulta Records, dance duo Sofi Tukker embark on world tour spanning across North America and Europr, and tonight they stop off for a sold-out show in Dallas, Texas.
Best recognised by their track 'Best Friend' featured on the iPhone X commercial, Sofi Tukker take their name from the two members - Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. Based in New York City, Hawley and Halpern released their first EP, 'Soft Animals', in 2016 featuring the Grammy-nominated single 'Drinkee'. Their full-length album 'Treehouse' peaked at #5 on the Billboard dance charts.
Los Angeles-based DJ LP Giobbi emcees the night introducing Nigerian singer/rapper Faridah Seriki, better known as Kah-Lo. The crowd is immediately smitten by Kah-Lo’s sultry vocals and soft, feminine style. Supported by LP Giobbi on decks, Kah-Lo performs a personal style of house music with afrocentric influences. “This is not how I woke up but its how I look now,” Kah-Lo sings from her Grammy nominated single 'Rinse and Repeat'. The honesty of her lyrics make connecting with the crowd effortless paving the way for a night of camaraderie between band members and audience alike.
Sofi Tukker enter the room to an open and receptive audience eagerly awaiting their arrival. They open their set with the Portuguese-language 'Energia'. Not wanting crowd participation to dissipate, Halpern threatens to call out anyone seen not dancing. Hawley and Halpern pull an overeager fan onstage to dance alongside them for their single 'Awoo'. Hawley’s vocals glide over Halpern’s jungle-house beats and basslines, at their best and softest during the mellow 'Benadryl'. The duo continue their dancefloor electro set with 'Fuck They', 'Baby I’m A Queen' - which marked Halpern's vocal debut when aired earlier in year - and newest single, the infectious Scissor Sisters-esque, 'Batshit'.
Most noticeable throughout the night was Sofi Tukker’s overabundance of chemistry. They cover every inch of the stage multiple times throughout the night, leaning into the crowd. More impressive, however, was the intense interpersonal energy between them. Even when their moves weren’t choreographed it was obvious they were in complete sync with one another at all times. This energy transcended its way to the crowd leaving most of the audience bewildered at the end of the night and wanting more - much of which is surely to come from Sofi Tukker in the future.