Tourist is William Phillips, a classically trained producer and self taught pianist from London who started making some waves in the electronic music scene last year through a series of remixes. Signed to Disclosure's Method Records label, he has been out on his first U.S. tour promoting his new EP Patterns which dropped in April.
Tourist's music draws from a house music background but he cites influences from LTJ Bukem to Destiny's Child having an effect on his music. This EP serves as a good representation of that as two of the tracks are primarily instrumentals with chopped up vocal samples while the other two are straight electronic pop tunes featuring guest vocalists.
Of the instrumental tracks, "Together" is a stormer, a slow builder with all manner of sounds swirling around your head when it fully kicks in. Lianne La Havas provides vocals on the title cut while Will Heard takes the lead on the wonderfully soulful "I Can't Keep Up". It's yet another in a growing long line of first rate vocal electronic tracks released this year, do not miss this one. Patterns is a short but sweet glimpse into the promising future of the up and coming Tourist.
Favorite tracks: "I Can't Keep Up", "Together"
Patterns was released April 22, 2014 via Monday Records in the U.S.