Under the spotlight… Tourist – Illuminate
The electric sound of Tourist has slowly been gaining more and more attention over the last year or two. The act is certainly unique and his latest release, Illuminate, is hard to forget. Supported by Years & Years, the new single is both chilled and catchy. Immediately you are drawn into the single by the distinctive drum beats and looping synths. The verses are solid, with strong vocals and subtle backing instruments. It is a hallmark of the Tourist style and sounds as good as ever. The choruses are interesting, as the instruments barely change and vocals are heavily relied upon. This proves to be a good move though and the vocals deliver a superb performance in the choruses. The song as a whole manages to be simple, clean and engaging to listen to.
Overall, this track is a great addition to Tourist’s catalogue of singles. It manages to be subtle and chilled, while also drawing you in with catchy synths and powerful vocals. It isn’t quite on the same level as some of his other singles, such as Placid Acid or Patterns, but it is a very solid single. Tourist continues to show that he is one of the brightest acts in the electronic music genre and should be a solid act for years to come.