Sofi Tukker, ‘Best Friend’ | Track Review
Dance Duo Sofi Tukker returns with new single “Best Friend,” enlisting the assistance of Alisa Ueno, The Knocks, and NERVO.
Sofi Tukker (Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern) came out swinging the last we heard from them. The middle fingers were up as the Grammy-nominated duo captivated, and took down the haters on “F*ck They.” After getting the bombs out of their system, they come back friendlier to say the least with “Best Friend,” featuring Alisa Ueno, The Knocks, and NERVO.
“Best Friend” opens with a bang. The friendship begins with an abrupt intro (the eventual chorus), backed by a sick percussion groove. It’s followed by a more aggressive instrumental, with biting horns leading the charge. The groove intensifies, setting up the infectious pre-chorus and chorus sections. The Knocks come into play on the pre-chorus, providing the pitch-shifted call, while Sofi Tukker offer the response.
After the chorus reveals itself, NERVO and Alisa Ueno get in on the groovalicious action. The two successive verses work well, building on the groove and adding to ear candy. Both artists give respectable performances, though neither trumps the infectious pre-chorus and chorus, as it should be. Expectedly, after a brief bridge, the crowning achievement returns, followed by a repetitive outro by The Knocks.
Notice that no cons were noted above. Why? Because there are no glaring cons when friendship is involved, right? “Yo, you wanna meet me at the bar?” All in all, it’s all good for Sofi Tukker on “Best Friend.” Following up the shock value of an f-bomb laden song is tough, but Sofi Tukker nails it on “Best Friend.” Great production, solid vocals (gimmicky as well as natural), and catchy songwriting. “Who’s they?” Sofi Tukker, that’s who!