Josephine and The Artizans Cool in HipHopera
With a swagger that is similar in stylishness and energy to the likes of Gorgon Cities and Clean Bandit, HipHopera: Act II by Josephine and The Artizans is an EP that is rife with coolness. Combining the melodic and theatric feel of symphonic music with the fiery slickness of hip-hop, HipHopera: Act II is an exciting record that will excite music fans.
The EP begins with the stylish “What It Takes,” a melodic intro that beautifully pulls the listener into the sprawling world of HipHopera. The track begins with cutting rap vocals that spit over a fiery string laden track before Josephine’s opera vocals resonate serenely. “What It Takes” is a burning opening to an EP that attempts to bridge the gap between modern pop music and classical yesteryear. So far, in the EP’s opening, Josephine and The Artizans show much promise in accomplishing this.
“Invictus” has a cool, hip-hop, lounge sound to it that then spirals into something epic when Josephine’s opera vocals hit by the chorus. Josephine and The Artizans drop a surprisingly lethal banger here, thanks to the beautiful harmonization of rap vocals, classical opera sweetness, and the instrumental’s sinister feel.
By the second track, the EP’s wonderful production value is also put on display, with the band sparing no expense as they share their craft. “Invictus” does an excellent job mashing together the conventional pop energy of electronic and hip-hop music with classical sounds.
HipHopera: Act II ends with “If I Lose Control,” a melodic conclusion that is full of passion and desperation. As an ending, we do enjoy its energy and excitement. However, “If I Lose Control” feels a bit underwhelming, especially since the first two tracks seem to build up to something that is more explosive. As well, “If I Lose Control” does seem to suffer a bit of a dip in production quality.
Nevertheless, HipHopera: Act II shows off the talents and skills of an ambitious pop band. As its name implies, Josephine and The Aritzans are in the midst of delivering an exciting and cinematic musical endeavour. This theatricality is what allows the charm of Josephine and The Artizans to truly thrive as they continue their quest to show off their melange of classical and pop music.
Blending different genres that are otherwise vastly different from each other is always exciting, and HipHopera: Act II demonstrates just how fiery this concoction can be. Despite the fact that classic and pop isn’t necessarily a revolutionary mix, Josephine and The Artizans continues to show off just why these two genres go beautifully well together. We are truly excited to see what the band does next.