BOATS “Bleaving” | Dollops Music
The Oakland based collective “Dollops” brings together a thumping 11 track skittle by Oakland producer Boats. It reminds me of Dam Funk’s smooth, booty shaking work mixed with an assortment of crispy vinyl goodies that make for a fantastic, hopping listen.
As “Dollops” says, forward thinking beat-based music is what they like, and forward beat based music is what this is. The opening track “Bleaving” is a smooth ride into the fog of the Bay area followed by an explosion funk sound that is impossible not to bounce smugly too. “Ripbazookajoint” has a B.I.G. walk layered in iridescent, smoky pianos. Sci-fi noodles along the album are easily confused with bird chirps. The beats hop along perfectly to the dusty synths loaded with funk base lines.
This is the sort of album that can work in multiple settings. Whether a casual walk around the city or a smoked out session in a basement loaded with people grooving along, BOATS has put together a very enjoyable listen that hits upon the likes Brainfeeder. “Fogburns” glides the astral zones, similar to Flying Lotus with samples of Charles Bukowski narratives.
The sounds are crafted to the point that you confuse them for vibrant candies that you just want to chew on. Chimes go on and off, and this album is definitely something that will be thrown around during DJ performances. The production and inserts of crusty samples are immaculately dropped in between the romp that BOATS brings. If you like Hyphy Bay Area Beats pushing funk into different vortexes, this is definitely an album worth checking out.
- Xavier Vilaplana