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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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Download Jose James - Coltrane (Dear Alice)

Download Jose James – Coltrane (Dear Alice)

I’m a sucker for Jose James, I won’t even lie. Here’s the first of 2 new treats from the man. Lyrics and credits below. Listen: [audio:Jose James – Coltrane Dear Alice.mp3] Download Jose James – “Coltrane (Dear Alice)” José James – vocals Nori Ochiai – piano Alexi David – bass Luke Damrosch – drums +...
New Strictly Social Mix - Urban Renaissance - DJ Myxzlplix

New Strictly Social Mix – Urban Renaissance – DJ Myxzlplix

DJ Myxzlplix has laced us with the latest Strictly Social DJ mix. Urban Renaissance sports some lovely progressive soul and hip-hop vibes. Tracklist and download link below. DJ Myxzlplix is lovely with the pixels too. He designs all the Strictly Social flyers, as well as those of many other events and is a truly creative...
Peter Hadar - Full Time Lover

Peter Hadar – Full Time Lover

Here’s the new single from the always-creative cool weirdo Peter Hadar. “Full Time Lover” is taken from a new forthcoming album Take Off Victoria. Peter has steadily been building his profile and following over the past several years so hopefully major successes are on their way to him! This track is super-funky with killer production...
Exclusive Mix From DJ Destroyer

Exclusive Mix From DJ Destroyer

Strictly Social resident, and one of LA’s best DJs, DJ Destroyer has kindly put together this exclusive mix for us. Featuring some soulful beats and cerebral soundscapes, Destroyer displays his usual impeccable taste. http://destroyer.podomatic.com http://twitter.com/djdestroyer Download the Beatlife Mix from DJ Destroyer Tracklist: 1. STAY HERE – MUHSINAH 2. FOR THE HUNGRY CATS – PORTFORMAT...
Afta-1, Nikko Gray Love Fest

Afta-1, Nikko Gray Love Fest

In honor of Afta-1 & Nikko Gray’s soul-stirring performance at Strictly Social (the best event in LA to see live progressive soul music) last week, I decided to round-up some choice downloads from them, for you, my lovely readers. Hopefully both these artists will drop full-length projects on us before too long…. More info on...
New Mystery Music!

New Mystery Music!

A source close to Beatlife, who shall for now remained un-named, has shared a couple of snippets from a brand new project coming out in February. All is shrouded in mystery so I have no details to give you, but take a listen to the snippets below. You might be able to figure out who...
Stay Connected Vol 3 - Anthony Valadez

Stay Connected Vol 3 – Anthony Valadez

Brand new mix for the New Year from Mr. A/V featuring some of his “favorite record gems that I rarely get to play out but sit in my record bag.” As you’d expect, musical goodness abounds on this mix. Download Stay Connected Vol 3 Red– I Should Tell Your Mama on You Isley Brothers –...
A Fall Suite Podcast

A Fall Suite Podcast

I’ve been sittin’ on this mix for a while but it deserves to be brought to the light no matter my tardiness ;) This podcast comes courtesy of a collabo between two excellent music blogs – JusLikeMusic and Apple Juice Break. A Fall Suite features some excellent tracks from the likes of Electric Wire Hustle,...
A Tribute To Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon

A Tribute To Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon

TheCouchSessions.com just released a free mixtape Tribute to Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Little Dragon fan so I’m lovin’ this concept. They’ve put together a retrospective of sorts including some of her work with Koop, guest spots with  Ge-ology, classic Little Dragon tracks and more. If you are...
Anthony Valadez - Audio/Visual

Anthony Valadez – Audio/Visual

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez’ debut full-length album is finally out this week. Audio/Visual, released on Recordbreakin’ Music is a multi-dimensional collection of atmospheric soundscapes and progressive soul jams. Inspired in large part by Valadez’ post-club journeys through the streets of Los Angeles, Audio/Visual demonstrates his eye for images, his ear for sound and his ability...

More From Anthony Valadez – Audio Visual

Another in Anthony Valadez‘ series of promo videos sharing insights into what inspires him to make music. His album Audio Visual is forthcoming on Recordbreakin’ Music. In this video Anthony shares a little about what goes into his weekly KCRW radio show. Expect AV’s eclectic tastes to be reflected in the diverse soundscapes of his...

Anthony Valadez – Audio Visual Promo Videos

Here are the first couple of promo videos from Anthony Valadez regarding his upcoming album Audio Visual, coming out in November on Recordbreakin’ Music. They give you a little insight into what makes the dj/beatmaker extraordinaire tick…We’ll have more info on the album in the coming weeks…..