This elusive UK electronic producer inhabits a neon blur of contradictions: minimal and maximal, pleasure-pushing and high-concept, trap and house.
It’s not every day that you hear music that sounds totally and wholly new—that is, music that you’ve never heard anyone make quite like this before. And in the oftentimes retro-fixated arena of modern dance music, true uniqueness can be an even rarer find. And while the enigmatic London-based producer Sophie’s aggressively bright style carries elements of other producers’ hallmarks—the jagged melodic textures of Glasgow’s Rustie and Hudson Mohawke, the airtight syncopation found in James Blake’s early work, the lollipop synths of French Touch acts like Fred Falke and Alan Braxe—his work thus far transcends mere pastiche. It’s fascinatingly strange stuff, and it’s fun as hell to listen to, too.