Phonik Ops & Mishap – Sight & Sound (Album) [Review]
Vancouver, BC – BC independent artists Mishap & Phonik Ops have finally come out with their brand new EP, entitled Sight & Sound. The two are originally from the Okanagan, but actually met after they both made the move to Vancouver where their musical ventures began. Compared to their last installment, Creative Sound, this project is a lot more laid back.
The EP starts off with the track “Most Def” where the pair pay homage to their musical influences and set the stage for the rest of the album. It’s clear from the get go that although hip-hop has evolved to different modern day forms, this talented duo has stayed true to the classic sound. The most notable track on the album, “Point of View,” samples Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and focuses on their love for the classics. Fillers like “Hip Hop Sunset” and “Younger Days” carry the album’s feel good vibe, while “Life is Like” and “Time Lapse” have a deeper meaning. The album ends on a jazzy note on the track “The City” with Mishap rapping about his views of the city. Each song throughout the album tells a different story that contributes to the quality as a whole.
Mishap’s detailed lyrics combined with Phonik Ops’ skilled scratching and original beat making has created a refreshing Northcoast sound that’s evident throughout the album. Although Sight and Sound proves that the MC/DJ duo have an incredible amount of talent, unless they conform to the current mainstream phase, the chances of gaining popularity among the majority is slim. However, judging by the clear passion that was put into this album, it’s obvious they will not mind at all. Influenced by the hip-hop golden era, Sight and Sound is a testament to a dying sound.
Written by Shaheenah Azmatullah for HipHopCanada