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on December 13, 2016, 12:00am
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SOPHIE - Killian Young (1)

On a map of pop music, you’ll find London producer SOPHIE somewhere between ‘80s dance pop and k-pop. Seemingly powered by a hyper-speed helium balloon, SOPHIE makes refined, sugary R&B electronica that whizzes through a synthetic blend of bubblegum pop. Songs like “Lemonade” and “Hard” are doused with the right amount of hypnotizing synth juju, which mezmerizes the listeners into drinking the PC Music clan’s Kool-Aid. From Australia’s Laneway Festival to California’s Coachella Festival, Spain’s Primavera Sound to Japan’s Fuji Rock, SOPHIE traipsed around the world spreading his talents far and wide. If solo dance floor domination wasn’t enough, his work with Madonna, QT, and Charli XCX should do the trick. Judging by his successful year, SOPHIE’s accelerated pop concentrate won’t be fizzling out anytime soon. –Lior Phillips


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