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AKG K 240 Semi-Open Studio Headphones

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"The new K 240 Studio delivers even wider dynamic range and higher sensitivity than its well-known and widely-used predecessor. The secret to the semi-open K 240 Studio's sound quality is the new XXL transducers in acoustically tuned vented enclosures with circumaural (around the ear) pads. The circumaural pads envelope your ears nicely and reward you with smooth, solid bass and well-balanced, articulate mids and highs."
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I'm Lucy Beer and I run this here blog. I like soul, hip-hop and electronic music, and anything that blurs those lines. You can reach me at: music[AT]beatlife.net - please don't attach MP3 files - provide links to download or listen to them. Also, if you're a rapper and your name is 'Lil something, it's probably not a good fit for this blog ;)

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New Pop House Anthem "Never Say Never" from Basement Jaxx

New Pop House Anthem “Never Say Never” from Basement Jaxx

A catchy new jam from Basement Jaxx comes complete with a topical video referencing twerking, of all things. The LA Times had this to say about the video: A ridiculously funky, bawdy and funny sendup of a promotional film for a robotics company, the clip for “Never Say Never” depicts engineers working to resurrect the...
Banks - Warm Water (Beat Ventriloquists Remix)

Banks – Warm Water (Beat Ventriloquists Remix)

Banks is one of new breed of edgy artists (see also Jessy Lanza for example) that Paper Magazine suggests are leading a new movement in R&B. “Warm Water” is probably her only track that could be mistaken for R&B and it’s unique in that it’s definitely one of her more, shall we say, chipper, tracks. A...
Heritage 5 - Deep House Mix From Andy Caldwell

Heritage 5 – Deep House Mix From Andy Caldwell

Heritage 5 is Andy Caldwell’s soundtrack for the World Cup. It’s a deep house mix featuring some bangers such as Sasha’s remix of “Hey Now” by London Grammar. 1. Hold The Line Andy Caldwell feat. Lisa Shaw 2. Melody Like A Drum (Wild Culture Mix) Andy Caldwell vs. Lisa Donnelly 4:14 3. Walking With Elephants...
Anthony Valadez - Just Visiting (soul, downtempo)

Anthony Valadez – Just Visiting (soul, downtempo)

Anthony Valadez should be no stranger to readers of this blog, or any Los Angelenos out there. He’s a DJ, producer and all around tastemaker. Just Visiting is his most recent album and a really beautiful piece of work inspired by his late night / early morning experiences in Los Angeles. Tapping into his vast...
Olympic Edition Part 1 - Nitin Sawhney "Days of Fire"

Olympic Edition Part 1 – Nitin Sawhney “Days of Fire”

If you’re one of those people that would prefer to avoid the Olympics, I’m afraid you best click away from this post. Bit unusual perhaps to find mention of the Olympics here, but so far I’ve got at least two good reasons to bring ’em up. And this is the first. Here in the US,...
Yuna - Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover)

Yuna – Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover)

Yuna is a wonderful new singer that I discovered, I think with the help of KCRW. She’s Malaysian-born but now based in Los Angeles and signed to the FADER label. This acoustic cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” perfectly demonstrates her vocal skills. The more I listen to it, the more I kinda like...
Summery Scottish House from Discopolis - Summer Nightmares

Summery Scottish House from Discopolis – Summer Nightmares

So this brilliant gem of wistful,summery house music comes from the Scottish outfit Discopolis.  I discovered this track thanks to it being featured in a scene from the BBC3 TV show “Lip Service”, and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWLHhyUmnY0 BUY AT iTUNES: A couple more tracks for your enjoyment….Let me know how...
Squelchy Hip-Hop From Mr. Bibal and L Rey

Squelchy Hip-Hop From Mr. Bibal and L Rey

This track came into the inbox with zero introduction, but for some reason I clicked on it in any case, and was pleasantly surprised to find a “squelchy” hip-hop soundscape, thick with electronic grooves and a solid thump. The track is taken from an album by the French (apparently) producer L Rey, Paz y Amor...
Kimbra - Settle Down (Feature Cuts Remix)

Kimbra – Settle Down (Feature Cuts Remix)

Maybe y’all already knew this, but this Kimbra chick is apparently kinda hot sh*t at the moment. All of a sudden I keep hearing about her, and just bought her album Vows on Emusic. I had anticipated it being much more indie-kid, but in reality it has a nice quirky soulfulness to it. Adding to...
New Music From Dwele - "What Profit"

New Music From Dwele – “What Profit”

Yay! Dwele’s back with a smooth n’ catchy new single “What Profit”, which precedes a brand new album, his fifth no less which will be released in late summer. Dwele’s last album, “W.ants. W.orld. W.omen. (W.W.W.)” was released in 2010 so it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from the man. The track is...
Mar - Seeing Her Naked

Mar – Seeing Her Naked

This is an awesome slice of underground soul music that would be well worth paying for, but Mar has kindly made it available for free. The singer/songwriter from Amsterdam has crafted an excellent EP that keeps it sexy without crossing over into cheesy. Production comes from FS Green and Full Crate, so you know the...
Jazzy Downtempo from Sinitus Tempo

Jazzy Downtempo from Sinitus Tempo

Lord knows where or how I discovered this gem, but I was digging through my notes of  ‘things to post on ye olde bloge’ and came upon this bookmark. Sinitus Tempo makes jazzy, downtempo beats with a hip-hop flavor. Peaceland is just one of several releases you’ll find on the Bandcamp page, all of a similar...