It was worth having all the patience of a saint – the »Good Life« is now. Even though »Waiting For The Good Life«, which came out in july in usual quality with appreciable guest-appearances, was a quite pleasurable way to get over the torrid period of plain waiting, it did throve up the curiosity towards the third full length player of the Cologne-based producer-doppel JR & PH7. If you take an object look at the carrier of the duo, you can definitely comprehend why the album-title is dedicated to a satisfied life-optimism. Ever since both Evidence and Mayer Hawthorne have praised the two gentlemen to high heaven and they can glue sidekicks like Elzhi, Oddisee and Sean Price into their feature-Panini book, you ask yourself what kind of lifestyle-upgrade JR & PH7 still have in mind – and then there is »The Good Life«.
»The Good Life« is an album that is so round and fluent, as if it was conceived after the Fibonacci number. It lives on its omnipresent atmosphere and the perfect balance between timelessness and modernity. The traditional boom bap manifesto is released to a whole new level and even the thought of a collaboration between two german producers with a great number of infamous US-american artists looses it's unnecessary exoticism. Taken a look at the feature-index, it still goes with one or the other astonishment though. JR & PH7 stick to their roots and manage it once more to assemble a whole league of extraordinary gentleman. Detroit, Philly, New York City, stops of an imaginary hip hop-pilgrimage. Along Guilty Simpson, Freeway, Sean Price and Phonte, critically acclaimed representatives of the big cities in the North American independent rap movement, also appear up-and-coming names, that are euphorically celebrated in the pleasant tasted underground-scene.
This is by FAR thee toughest choices I've had to make here on BandCamp, so since I'm forced I'll choose FOOLISH. But the 1st song is damn near peak hour House, the 2nd a swingin' 60's dance type joint in the Amy Winehouse vein, 3rd is straight Ohio Funk/Sleaze meets Pharrell kinda fare, then close it with some abstract Madlib meets Marvin Gaye vibe. NUTS yet RIGHTEOUS. You can only "experience" this masterful work between 2 Modern Soul geniuses.MUCH respect. 👏👏🔥🔥🎤🎤🔊💣💣 DJ V From CHICAGO