“I’ll never forget dancing to this song while Gilsons performed it live during Carnaval last year. The fact that we are putting out a version of it with them just in time for this year’s Carnaval is so full circle. After seeing them perform it, I went and learned it on the guitar and posted it on Instagram. The band saw it and we started talking. Then we had the idea to share it with the world and let more people in on how amazing it is by giving it a couple of English verses, speeding up the tempo, and making it more dancey. We love how it turned out and are so honored to get to put our spin on such an amazing track.” – Sophie of Sofi Tukker explained
Sofi Tukker masterfully displays their love of all things Brazilian on “Várias Queixas (SOFI TUKKER Version) [Feat. Gilsons].” The new version of Gilson’s 2019 Brazilian smash takes on a seductively entrancing sound, with the genre-defying duo putting their distinctive spin on the song with their trademark danceable beats, newly crafted English lyrics, and silky vocal stylings. See Sophie and Tucker explain how their version of “Várias Queixas” was made.
Gilsons – “Várias Queixas” (Official Clip)
The original version of “Várias Queixas” by Gilsons was recorded in 2019. Since then, it has racked up over 140 million streams on Spotify, and over 26 million video views on YouTube.
Gilsons’ members include José Gil, João Gil, and Francisco Gil, the son and grandsons, respectively, of the lauded composer Gilberto Gil. The trio is featured on the new reimagined version of their “Várias Queixas” song with Sofi Tukker. Furthermore, the single art for the new version playfully features childhood photos of Sofi Tukker and Gilsons.
Sofi Tukker has long immersed themselves in Brazilian culture, which also influenced several of their 2023 singles including “Veneno,” with Brazilian artists Mari Merenda and Sophia Ardessore, “Trompa,” with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and “Jacaré,” which has amassed over 10 million streams.
Unlike Sophie, who is fluent in Portuguese, Tucker’s entry point for Rio came via collaboration. The group’s first collaborator was the Brazilian poet Chacal, who remains a close friend and frequent collaborator on their music’s Portuguese lyrics.
The Knocks & Sofi Tukker – “One On One” video
Other recent output from Sofi Tukker includes their disco-inspired pop/dance collab with The Knocks, “One on One.”
Sofi Tukker was also behind inspired remixes of GRAMMY-winning Jon Batiste’s “Worship” from the acclaimed album “World Music Radio,” and “Sunshine (My Girl)” by Wuki, which reimagines the classic Temptations vocal with a Brazilian beat.