A little over two years after the release of his last record Reid Alert, James Reid has made his smooth escape to paradise with Palm Dreams.

Taking on a new course with his music, Reid explores a more electronic feel on his self-written album with co-producer Paulo Tiongson. In an interview with Philippine Star, Reid reveals his decision to forge a different path in terms of his sound was simply because “everyone feels the same.” He explains, “They feel like it’s so hard for someone to make it big in the music scene and release music that’s artistic, that’s real, that’s not ‘manufactured’ for the masa. I wanted this [album] to be something that people could relate to because it’s cool.”

Palm Dreams is all about Reid being true to himself and delivering an album that the Filipino masses deserve, as it includes collaborations with contemporaries Sam Concepcion and Bret Jackson on “On Top,” Nadine Lustre on “IL2LU,” and Kiana Valenciano on “Mean 2 U.” Reid says of the tracks about his life over the past two, three years, “I want to be true to myself, especially with the songs and the music videos; it’s my story.”

Listen to James Reid’s Palm Dreams here: