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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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Julie Dexter - Transitions (produced by Zo!)

Julie Dexter – Transitions (produced by Zo!)

The other day I got an email in my box via the Moovmnt fellas – Julie Dexter – Transitions (produced by Zo!) it said. Awesome, new Julie Dexter, I thought. However, turns out this track was released several years ago and Moovmnt were showcasing it as part of “slept-on sundays.” So clearly I’m guilty of sleeping...
Mr Fogg - A Little Letting Go (Maribou State Remix) - Downtempo Electronic

Mr Fogg – A Little Letting Go (Maribou State Remix) – Downtempo Electronic

This is a really nice remix by Maribou State, of a new song from Mr. Fogg. After checking out more of each artist’s music on SoundCloud, I have to say I think this collaboration highlights the best in both. The official blurb about the forthcoming release: Mr Fogg provides a second taste of what is...
Moody Jazz Hip-Hop Beats From Maehlib

Moody Jazz Hip-Hop Beats From Maehlib

I get a lot of emails through this blog from a lot of artists trying to get attention for their little piece of the internet. I try and listen to what I can. Very generally speaking, most of it is mediocre at best. Few make the cut onto these hallowed digital pages ;) However, it’s...
New Paul Pre Mix For Laid Back Radio

New Paul Pre Mix For Laid Back Radio

German DJ Paul Pre, one of my favorites, has a new mix he did for Laid Back Radio in Belgium, featuring “chilled beat music”. As usual he comes correct with a selection of soulful, futuristic beats featuring AFTA-1, fLako and more (full tracklist below). Paul Pre for LDBK by Laid Back on Mixcloud Tracklist: 01....
New From Stereo MCs - Manner (Download)

New From Stereo MCs – Manner (Download)

The Stereo MCs are back! They have a new album, Emperor’s Nightingale out on August 30th. “Manner” is the first, and pretty impressive single to be released from it, and as you’ll hear below, still features a strong hip-hop meets electro vibe. They sort of remind me of Daft Punk or maybe even Basement Jaxx...
AmpSoul Mix By Jay Scarlett

AmpSoul Mix By Jay Scarlett

Jay Scarlett has just posted another wonderful AmpSoul mix. Described as Soul, Future Beats and Lovestep it features all kinds of soul, from classic to futuristic, expertly programmed by Mr. Scarlett. Ampsoul Mix by Jay Scarlett on Mixcloud
Saturn Never Sleeps - Yesterday's Machine

Saturn Never Sleeps – Yesterday’s Machine

Yesterday’s Machine is the debut release from King Britt’s Saturn Never Sleeps project, his collaboration with singer/artist Rucyl. The blurb from the label describes it as well as I could: Their debut album, Yesterday’s Machine, combines an experimental create-in-the-moment vibe with inspirational lyrics and vocal sonics that range from Sade tones to Flora Purim’s ethereal...
Nas Is Back With Nasty!

Nas Is Back With Nasty!

Nas is set to return after several years since his last solo album. “Nasty” is the first single from the upcoming Life Is Good (although a name change is rumored to be in the works), due in September. “Nasty” has a classic Nas feel to it – bangin’ drums and Nas doing his thing solidly...
Zo! - Just Visiting Three - Free Download

Zo! – Just Visiting Three – Free Download

Zo! is a multi-instrumentalist / producer from Detroit who is on The Foreign Exchange Music label. His soulful hip-hop sound is a perfect match for that label, born out of the success of Phonte and Nicolay’s original Foreign Exchange collaboration. Just Visiting Three is the latest installment in Zo!’s series of free eps in which...
Tokimonsta - Little Pleasures ft. Gavin Turek

Tokimonsta – Little Pleasures ft. Gavin Turek

Heard this track on Raul Campos’ show on KCRW last night and immediately had to hunt it down. This is probably one of Tokimonsta’s best yet – a totally addictive & melodic downtempo soundscape perfectly complemented by the delicate vocals of Gavin Turek. As HomeWorkOnTheFire points out, the catchy, soulful nature of this track really...
New EP From Emily King - The Seven EP

New EP From Emily King – The Seven EP

You may remember Emily King from a few years back, from her song “Walk In My Shoes”. After she caused a stir with that track, she kinda disappeared. I have no idea what she’s been up to since then, but this EP, released independently has just surfaced. It’s less R&B than “Walk In My Shoes”,...
New Music From Freestyle Fellowship - We Are

New Music From Freestyle Fellowship – We Are

Hearing this new stuff from Freestyle Fellowship makes me nostalgic for my young hip-hop days, especially listening to Aceyalone’s “A Book of Human Language” for the first time and feeling pretty mind-blown. “We Are” is taken from a new album, The Promise, on the horizon (October actually) by Freestyle Fellowship and very welcome it will...