Opening the evening for Sofi Tukker was the Grammy-nominated, Nigerian singer Kah-Lo. Unfortunately, I this writer missed her performance, but you can hear her incredible voice on Riton’s “Rinse & Repeat” which has been a favourite House song of mine for the last year and a half. I also highly recommend checking out her own tunes “Fasta” and “Fake ID” if you are a fan of Sofi Tukker’s style.
Second up on the bill was the west coast native LP Giobbi, who came prepared to party. Armed with an arsenal of Afro-Cuban House beats, a synthesizer, and her dancing shoes, LP Giobbi easily got the crowd moving. Trained in jazz piano at UC Berkeley, and a self-proclaimed “synth warrior,” LP Giobbi provided the smoothest Chicago House chord progressions throughout her set. Adding keys to her show added an organic element that is often missing during a DJ’s performance, and portrays a deeper connection to the music. When LP wasn’t laying down chords, she made the most of her time behind the DJ decks dancing euphorically and smiling ear to ear. LP Giobbi closed out her set with a new song “Amber Rose (feat hermixalot & Computo),” which fuses afro-cuban rhythms, a jazzy trumpet sample, and a hilarious hook that is an instant House classic.
NYC dance duo Sofi Tukker, consisting of members Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, stormed the stage in front of a sold-out Commodore Ballroom on tour supporting their debut album Treehouse, released in April of this year. They began the show with a bang, quite literally, as the pair kicked off the evening with a choreographed tom-tom drum intro as a lead in for “Energia” of the new album. Sofi Tukker kept the energy high with “Matadora” from the Soft Animals, EP. “Matadora” is my favorite song of the duo’s, the old-timey mandolin perfectly complements a Kanye-esque, brassy bass line and takes the listener on a musical journey from the streets in Lisbon to a club in New York. Tucker performed the bass line on the sample/drum pad tree that they are known to incorporate during show, but were only used once or twice this set.
The stage was decorated in a jungle theme, with an abundance of bright colors, vines, ivy and flowers. The drum tree was the centrepiece of the stage set with an impressive mass of wires that passed as a convincing trunk. Although the duo admitted to having technical difficulties throughout the majority of their set, Tucker with the drum tree and Sophie struggling with her in-ear-monitors, their performance was never truly compromised. The audience was captivated either way, dancing non- stop, and singing along even when the songs were in Portuguese. Tukker contributed more of the music’s foundation, from mixing the songs, playing bass guitar, singing back-up vocals, and acting as the hype man, while Sofi provided lead guitar and vocals. Sophie displayed her tremendous vocal talents on an unreleased song “Fantasy” where she sings sweeping melody that covers a wide range.
Sofi Tukker finished their core set with the two singles off of Treehouse “Batshit” and “Bestfriend,”, and, of course, capped off their encore with their breakthrough tune “Drinkee.”. Sofi Tukker’s live show exceeded any and all expectations, from their musicianship, stage presence, to their audience interaction.
Set List: Energia Matadora Déjà Vu Affair Awoo Fuck They Baby I’m a Queen Greed Fantasy Benadryl Swing My Body Hurts Batshit Best Friend