Tourist is UK-based pianist-turned-electro artist William Phillips who came into the scene around 2012. He keeps a pretty low profile, releasing a precious few delicacies per year on small-scale labels and offering the rare remix. Tourist exists in the same esthetic arena as artists like Jacques Greene, Ifan Dafydd and Nosaj Thing, crafting brightly-coloured, beautifully-constructed dance music featuring chopped vocal samples, unassuming rhythms and ample drive to keep your blood surging. It’s like keeping your finger on the pulse of a purring mountain lion.
Tourist’s Soundcloud offers much of his array of works for your perusal, with a few free downloads (new single “Stay”, “Your Girl” and his excellent remix of Sharon Van Etten’s “We Are Fine”). I enjoy all his stuff, with my favourites being his “Patterns” EP (featuring a standout vocal performance by Will Heard on “I Can’t Keep Up“) and 2013’s “Tonight” EP. Update: After much ado, we’ve now been graced with Tourist’s debut LP; “U” is a 10-part dessert tray of frozen cream puffs and chocolate kisses (try single “Waves“).
Favourite track: Together… Yes we should.