One of 2020's most intriguing new talents, Sam Wills has released his irresistible new single 'Undercover', which is undoubtably the funkiest offering from him yet.
'Undercover' features Sams sensuous and silky vocals and a really groovy bassline. The track oozes a rich 90's R&B undertones and a soulful sound alongside a smooth and steamy vibe, the louder you play it, the better it sounds. Taking its lead from influences including D’Angelo, Chet Faker and Frank Ocean and utilising old school synths and drum samples, the track is a glorious midnight hookup track, whilst also testament to Sam’s innate musicality and ability with melody and groove.
Thematically, ‘Undercover’ is about a clandestine casual affair and is taken from Sam’s upcoming debut album. It was written with regular collaborator, Phairo and was built from the bassline up, which proved a daunting but ultimately rewarding process for the pair, as Sam elaborates;
“Undercover started with the bassline, a few months before starting work on the album. Phairo and I built a groove around it and then I sat with it for many weeks before committing to writing the melody and lyrics, as I wanted something that was going to do the beat justice, which was quite daunting! I finally faced up to it during a month-long stint in the studio that Phairo and I spent between my small setup in Hastings and the studio at the bottom of his garden in west London.”
Sam Wills is a regular collaborator with nu-jazz trailblazers Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei as well as a co-writer for Jorja Smith. Whilst desperately waiting to get back to playing live, particularly at his monthly collaborative night ‘Chapters’, held at Green Door Store before lockdown kicked in, Sam is busy putting the finishing touches to his debut album, which will feature previous single, the heartfelt 'Traingazing'.