Hastings has seen somewhat of a renaissance in recent years. Receiving such accolades as ‘The Shoreditch of Sussex’ it has become the seaside destination de jour. Hastings is also home to the soulful tones of 25-year old artist, Sam Wills.
Having made a mark in 2016 with the release of his debut EP ‘So Bright’ and the Karma Kid-produced standout single ‘Electrified’, which to date has gained over 1 million streams on Spotify. Sam Wills returns with the release of his new single ‘Kool Aid’ from his sophomore 4-track EP ‘Walking Underwater’ penned for release in March.
A seamless extension of its predecessor, Kool Aid is produced by Phairo (Liv Dawson, SG Lewis, Bruno Major) and once again showcases Wills’ effortlessly controlled and distinctive neo-soul vocals. The perfect accompaniment to a funk-laden electro-beat, it’s a fool-proof combination that has seen Wills become synonymous with the burgeoning UK future-soul sound and continue to collaborate with long-time friends Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei; who subsequently co-produced his debut EP ‘So Bright’. Wills’ feature on Tom Misch’s standout track, ‘In The Midst of It All’ has recently amassed over 8 million streams on Spotify.
Not set on simply establishing himself as an artist in his own right; Wills has spent 2017 gaining heavyweight status in the song-writing arena including penning Jorja Smith’s globally-acclaimed single ‘Where Did I Go?’ alongside working with Col3trane, Howard Lawrence (Disclosure), Jerreau Vandal and Moods. However, Walking Underwater marks a statement of intent from Wills for 2018 and the first of an abundance of new music.
Sam Wills will headline his first London show of 2018 at London’s The Lexington on 28th March and the Walking Underwater EP, is released late March.
Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, D'Angelo