Colton R. May, better known by his stage name fleet.dreams, is an up-and-coming producer who recently moved to the bustling city of Brooklyn, New York. Having spent the previous two years in Detroit, honing his skills as a DJ while studying from the likes of Rick Wilhite, Norm Talley, Marcellus Pittman and Dez Andrés, fleet.dreams was destined for big things in 2020. However, when he arrived at his new home, much of the city was entering lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic – putting much of his plans on hold. Stuck inside and away from the dancefloor, May had ample time to meditate and imagine a world where we could chase our dreams once again.
His latest effort Return of the Dreamer is the result of this meditation. The 4-track EP is the second from his cassette imprint Leopard Cage, and a follow-up to last December’s incredible vocal house mission statement Selph Luv. The lead track from the record, titled “Silk Surface (Dub Mix),” is reminiscent of the Balearic, lo-fi house grooves that marked the scene around 2016 with artists such as Patrick Holland fka Project Pablo. Throughout the piece, fleet.dreams works in an assortment of east coast garage house melodies and expertly combines them with elements of Brazilian jazz that make for a vibe that is both laidback and uplifting.
As we journey back to normalcy this summer, I can’t think of a more fitting soundtrack than Return of the Dreamer. Make sure to grab your copy when hits stores May 28th.