GRAMMY Award-winning composer / producer Tourist is gearing up to release his long awaited follow up to 2016’s debut album U. Annie Mac premiered the first single “We Stayed Up All Night (ft Adryn)” at BBC Radio 1. “We Stayed Up All Night” combines bright vocals from collaborator Ardyn with the breezy, laid-back instrumentation that Tourist has become known for. Hauntingly catchy, it simmers with optimism and youth, just in time for summer and more new music to unfold.
London-based songwriter and electronic musician William Phillips makes yearning, bittersweet dance tracks under the name Tourist. He’s considered an “artist’s artist”, with fans such as Flume and Porter Robinson supporting his releases. After the self-titled debut EP (2012), Tonight EP (2013), and Patterns EP (2014) featuring guest appearances by Lianne La Havas and Will Heard, as well as high-profile remixes for Chvrches, Haim, Christine and the Queens under his belt, Tourist went on to win the GRAMMY for co-writing the Sam Smith hit “Stay With Me”, and he released his debut album U (2016) to critical acclaim and support from outlets like Vice, Billboard and Rolling Stone Australia.
The single, “Run” landed with #1 spots on BBC Radio 1 dance charts and Hype Machine. This was soon followed by a string of sold out shows as a live favorite across the United States, Europe and Australia, including major festival appearances at Glastonbury, Coachella (twice) and Bestival.
Here’s what’s next for William Phillips aka Tourist: “With this new music I wanted to make something that was more reflective of who I am now and how my life has changed over the past year. I moved out of my windowless studio and started writing from home again. I think subconsciously I’ve started writing more joyous, colourful music and I’ve loved being more collaborative once again. These tracks are my favourite music I’ve produced so far, Tourist will always change with each release and I’ve loved pushing the sound into a new place.”
Today, UK electronic producer and GRAMMY award winner Tourist (William Phillips) shares his BBC Radio 1 Monki Afterparty session HERE and an incredibly touching remix for Christine and The Queens’ single “Saint Claude” HERE. The remix was premiered via Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show last Friday and the single is taken from Christine and The Queens groundbreaking breakthrough debut album.
See the BBC 1 Radio Monki afterparty session:
Last month, Tourist revealed his new music video for “U” (see here) and announced his February 2017 Australian headline shows. The video for “U” a co-direct project by frequent collaborator Jacob Robinson and multi-talent Dillon Moore.
A hypnotising visual piece, the video was directed by Jacob Robinson, the creative director who designed the U album cover and has worked with Tourist on a multitude of releases.
The visual translation follows on from the James Lewis-directed and Jacob Robinson art directed video for “Too Late,” which came off the back of the BBC Radio 1 playlisted track and Hype Machine #1 offerings, “Run” and “To Have You Back.”
Picking up a GRAMMY last year for his co-writer role on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, Tourist wrote debut album U over the course of several years. Taking the listener through the beginnings of a relationship to the parting of ways, the 10-track offering takes a more stripped back approach, following previous singles and EPs including 2015’s “Holding On” (ft. Josef Salvat & Niia) which clocked over 1.6 million SoundCloud streams.
Having toured his exquisite album throughout Europe and the U.S, including Pitchfork, Panorama and Bestival, fans will be treated to seeing this classically trained instrumentalist and producer perform his album live.
Watch the official video for Tourist’s single “U”, directed by Jacob Robinson & Dillon Moore.
“U is a song about reflection, it was formed from a field recording of me walking from my flat to my studio.” – Will
UK’s Tourist, the moniker of William Phillips, announces his debut album U is to be released in Spring 2016. The first track “To Have You Back” first received airplay via Annie Mac’s BBC1 radio show and Pitchfork revealed it alongside the video tease. Today, “To Have You Back” is available for download and stream. The video directors Directors Davy Evans (credits include The XX and Zomby) and Jason Drew (credits include Thom Yorke/Modeselektor) created a gorgeous universe to accompany this track, you can see a teaser below.
Last year was a stellar one for Tourist, he performed live at Coachella and Pitchfork Festival in France, as well as toured live through Europe and North America and won the GRAMMY “Song of The Year” as co-writer of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”.
Tourist will head out on tour again in May, today the tickets for the UK and Irish shows are on sale HERE. Later in May, Tourist will return with a live band to North America for Hangout Festival, Lightning In A Bottle and more shows will be announced shortly.
05.07 Dublin, Ireland – Academy Green Room
05.09 Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s
05.10 Manchester, England – Deaf Institute
05.11 London, England – XOYO
05.12 Brighton, England – The Haunt
05.21 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05.27 Lake San Antonio, CA – Lightning In A Bottle
06.11-12 London, England – Field Day
Here’s the video for London disco pop duo EKKAH’s new single, Small Talk, produced by Tourist. This is their first release since being signed to Sony/RCA and the Last Chance To Dance EP, an emotive and neon-lit blend of arching melodies, colorful synths, reverberant handclaps and disco groove.
EKKKAH are the London duo of Rebecca Wilson and Rebekah Pennington. Last year they released the Last Chance To Dance EP which showcased their formidable songwriting and melodic classic disco meets synth pop sound to much support, supported Kylie Minogue and Chic in Hyde Park and played a headline UK tour in October and November. They’re currently writing and recording in LA with further singles to follow this year.
Following electrifying live appearances at Coachella Festival, Disclosure’s Wild Life festival and Park Life earlier this year and revealing a new album track “Waves” over the weekend (stream/download it below), Tourist (William Phillips) reveals the video for his current single (out 7/24) “Holding On” feat. Josef Salvat and Niia.
Directed and choreographed by Holly Blakey, the video follows a couple as they move between intimacy and intensity, the dynamics explained further by Holly below:
“When I heard “Holding On” I was drawn to the way Tourist was presenting a love song (if we talk of it in it’s basic form) but was addressing something more subtle in the subject. There is a boy and a girl and they sing of either each other or someone else, something we never really find out and I liked that idea.
I wondered about these relationships we create throughout life and how our actions can be so disproportionate to what we’re trying to express or articulate, we can act in ways completely opposite to our intention. And then ultimately, if we had to pull it all down to a few basic actions what would they look like?” – Holly Blakey
Starting 2015 with a Coachella performance and a GRAMMY “Song of The Year” win for his part in co-writing Sam Smiths’ global smash “Stay With Me”, Tourist is at work on his debut album which will come out via Interscope Records while playing shows this summer including Sonar, Glastonbury and Reading festivals:
TOURIST live shows:
6/20 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar Festival
6/26 – Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
8/23 – Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands @ Lowlands Festival
8/29 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
8/30 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
9/5 – Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
Here’s a couple of remixes of Tourist’s current single ‘Holding On‘ featuring Niia and Josef Salvat. One comes from longstanding house legend Todd Edwards, turning in a jacked-up beat version positioning it undeniably in classic house territory.
The next comes from newcomer Braxton who overloads the piano lead and maintains the soulful exchange between Niia and Josef to make for a touching upbeat remix. The single is released May 24th.
Tourist has just announced his new single ‘Holding On’ featuring Josef Salvat and Niia trading vocal duties. Niia and Josef’s vocals traverse back and forth with a forlorn hope while Tourist provides the shining on-point production he’s been delivering across the last year as he works towards announcing his debut album.
Due on Polydor on May 24th. Available to pre-order on iTunes: po.st/xytD3Z.
London’s producer William Phillips aka Tourist unveiled this hypnotic animated video for his latest single “Illuminate”, featuring vocals from Olly Alexander of Years & Years. Directed by Nicolas Ménard.
In 1992, a man receives love letters in Korean. Since Google Translate doesn’t exist yet, he’s left confused. What could this mean? Graphic aesthetic influenced by video games X (Gameboy) and Super World Runner (NES).
Here’s the new single from Tourist featuring Years & Years entitled ‘Illuminate’. He revealed new track “Wait” a couple of weeks back, a deeper and more abrasive approach akin to Jon Hopkins. With the new single, Tourist exercises his more conventional pop role, working with Years & Years to deliver the top-line as he did with Lianne La Havas on his Patterns EP earlier in the year.
As with the track’s title, the arpeggiated synths certainly convey a neon glow and work as a distinct contrast to ‘Wait’, exemplifying the diverse range of Tourist’s approach to his production.