Doller is a name you might want to remember as the artist just returned with a great genre-bending EP. Dorante Johnson is not new to the music scene, being immersed in soundsystem culture from an early age, and taking things to another level in 2012 with his first release under the moniker Doller.
Being the son of roots reggae singer Kush Safari and the nephew of Jamaican rapper Flash, we can easily guess how his upbringing led him to pursue a career in music. Breaking free from his family ties, Doller shines in the grime scene.
However, his new EP, “Call Me”, is a curious blend of genres showcasing different skills. While this is an EP release, we get only 3 songs, all being a different version of the title track “Call Me”. That being said, we can only praise the artist’s creativity, having each song represent a distinct genre: garage, trap-dancehall, and trap-soul.
The EP kicks off with the lead single “Call Me”, a collaboration with MC Neat and singer Zara W. As aimed by Doller, this garage track infuses us with happy vibes and Zara W’s vocals and love-related lyrics make us want to sing along. The following track “Cellular” takes a complete turn with its heavy bass dancehall-trap sound. Then, the final track is a trap-soul remix of “Call Me”, this time featuring vocalist Aleisha Lee and rapper Terry Trill. Against a backdrop of drum grooves, Doller and Terry rap their admiration for their partners while Aleisha’s vocals add the finishing touch to the chorus.
Doller has successfully fulfilled his mission with this new release, which was to target a wider audience than his usual grime fans, by experimenting with different genres.