London-based songwriter and electronic musician William Phillips makes yearning, bittersweet dance tracks under the name Tourist. Before his debut album U (2016), inspired by the end of a four-year relationship, he released an EP with lead single feat. Lianne La Havas on Disclosure’s Method Records. Phillips co-wrote Sam Smith’s smash hit Stay with Me which won the 2015 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. As Tourist he released his sophomore album Everyday this year: “I’m happy now,” he says in a statement, “much of this music is simply the result of me enjoying the creative process.”
Phillips initially made a splash in 2010, when he was using the moniker Little Loud; his remixes of indie artists such as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Health circulated online and received notice from music websites such as Pitchfork. The Tonight EP appeared in 2013 on the Monday label, and the release marked the shift in Tourist’s sound toward U.K. garage and house, with choppy vocal samples and more urgent melodies. Tourist completed high-profile remixes for Chvrches published on Majestic Casual YouTube chanel.