An “Awooooo!” amongst jive riff piano, driving bass and bongos? Not your average earworm. Grab a Drinkee and get transported to head-bopping good time — countless neon-clad Londoners did last Saturday!
In today’s data-driven media microcosm, we’re often recommended more of the same. It’s probably safe to assume you’re not already coming across Portuguese lyrics by accident. Then again, if you’re seeking sonic escapism to a warm, colourful vibe, the well-traveled German-American duo of Sofi Tukker can hook you up. Saturday, they brought the heat and beats to a chilly night in my favourite pocket of south London.
Sofi Tukker @ Electric Brixton
Tempted to buy the neon boxer briefs on display alongside animal-print merch, the Electric Brixton was the perfect venue for this colourful night in more ways than one. An unpretentious crowd was ready to dance, but also belt out “Vamos a bailar” during Playa Grande, the duo’s collaboration with Bomba Esteréo. Sophie’s coral cape swayed as she grooved through playful guitar riffs, whilst Tucker’s percussion onto massive LED animal projections was a standout of the night. Working the stage and crowd, the two were clearly having a great time bouncing across their repertoire. If you’re new to it, I’d recommend Brazilian Soul, their Bossanova-infused bop with The Knocks. It’s a much more subdued side of the duo’s musicality compared to the bumping bass of Purple Hat. I knew it was unlikely I’d get to hear them perform my absolute favourite, Benadryl, not quite a fit for a Saturday night out.
Unsurprisingly, the night peaked as the melodic string intro to Swing began. The juxtaposition of Portuguese ASMR-esque utterings against thumping electro-pop beats had the entire venue entranced. While their look may convey style over substance, Sofi Tukker gave us a memorable night of unique dance-pop spanning a wealth of collaboration riches. The only bit missing was an appearance by Charlie Baker, whose London houseboat is the video star of Good Time Girl, packed with canal cruising and frying pan percussion. We’ve all done that before, right?