Sofi Tukker, the American duo who broke out behind the iPhone-X-ad-synced single “Best Friend,” recruited the Brazilian pop star and noted drag queen Pabllo Vittar for a remix of “Energia.”
It’s an easy union. “Energia” is high energy, all-purpose club music. Vittar sings with the grandeur of Nineties house vocalists; the bass line pumps; the drums pound; everything wraps up in under three minutes. The clip is full of quick cuts between the three performers and gorgeous shots of Portugal, where it was filmed.
This marks Vittar’s third recent collaboration with an act in the English-speaking mainstream following Major Lazer’s “Sua Cara” and Charli XCX’s “I Got It.” Vittar’s gradual infiltration of Top 40 pop reflects a larger trend: Brazilian music is reaching a global audience with new frequency.