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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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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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Hear What I See - Anthony Valadez Mix

Hear What I See – Anthony Valadez Mix

Some more tasty selections from the mind and record bag of Anthony Valadez. Streaming player below…. Tracklist: **Intro w/ Phontae (Little Brother/The Foreign Exchange** SBTRK & Sampha – Livin Like I Do Nina Simone – Funkier Than A Mosquitos Tweeter Ifan Dafydd – No Good Joy Division – She’s Lost Control Fantastic Mr. Fox –...
Taylor McFerrin feat. Ryat - Place in My Heart [video]

Taylor McFerrin feat. Ryat – Place in My Heart [video]

The other day I stumbled across this pretty wicked track from Brainfeeder artist Taylor McFerrin. Ryat’s vocals are reminiscent of Bjork, and definitely add a certain edge to this haunting song and video. “Place In My Heart” is taken from the forthcoming full length release Early Riser. Taylor McFerrin feat. Ryat – Place in My...
AFTA-1 & Nikko Gray EP

AFTA-1 & Nikko Gray EP

AFTA – 1 and Nikko Gray have a truly magical musical partnership. They just released this EP which exemplifies their stylized soul. In my humble opinion, AFTA-1 is making some of the best beats in years. He manages to make his tracks sound like they’re from the  year 4000, but never in a sterile or...
Spree Wilson ft. Esthero - Don't Pass Me By

Spree Wilson ft. Esthero – Don’t Pass Me By

Wow, to think I almost totally slept on this track. “Don’t Pass Me By” is a beautiful, evocative track that eludes traditional categories. It drips with soul and the addition of Esthero’s vocals make this a truly magical experience. Don’t Pass Me By ft. Esthero by spreewilson
Andreya Triana - "Far Closer (Tokimonsta Remix)"

Andreya Triana – “Far Closer (Tokimonsta Remix)”

Andreya Triana’s album Lost Where I Belong was one of 2010’s gems. You may have heard her distinctive vocals previously on works with Flying Lotus (“Tea Leaf Dancers“), Bonobo, Aaron Jerome and more. Lost Where I Belong is her solo debut, and while retaining some elements of the experimental, it’s also a very warm, kinda...

Little Dragon – Little Man – Live [video]

Thanks to LA Weekly’s Urban Nomad for giving us the heads up on this new Little Dragon footage. In this live video they perform a new song “Little Man” at a recent show at LA’s Natural History Museum. We’ll have some interview footage shortly (hopefully). Go shop for Little Dragon on iTunes, both albums are...
Jose James - Vicadin (prod. by Flying Lotus)

Jose James – Vicadin (prod. by Flying Lotus)

Here’s the second of the Jose James treats I promised you. Vicadin is everything you’d expect from a collabo with Flying Lotus. Delicious. VICADIN by josejamesworldwide I was lost in the darkness trying to find my way home all alone + my heart said (I’m just waiting for the light of day to find my...