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""Beats Working Harbour Drive Review""

Beats Working bring a pretty user friendly album, packed with harmonized hooks and a lot of fun. It has the vibe of a live crew working with a band almost. You can tell that live these fellas would be a lot of energy and hype for sure. Is it going to blow minds, no, will it fit in perfectly in the background of a bbq over a few beers, definitely.

Gareth M
- 3d world

"CD review - Harbour Drive, Beats Working"

Beats Working is Handsome Dan, Mullut and J.B. on vocals, with cuts and percussion provided by Helmy. What I like most about Harbour Drive is the constant up-beat feel and the Sydney Harbour theme that runs all through it. Not exactly what you'd expect from such an edgy crew, but then again we don't do gangsta rap in this country and why should we?

"I'd do anything for you/ Anything you want me to/ All I want is music, music, music!" Lyrics from an old song that was proudly sung on Young Talent Time in the day and before that was a stand-out by The Ames Brothers. Now it's emerged from the phoenix flames as a sample riff in Beats Working's new album. Who said Aussie hip hop doesn't stand up for anyone over 40? Not me, that's for sure. This track alone means youngsters and down-with-it hip oldsters can toss this mega funky album onto the spinner and come up trumps.

There's a good deal of what they still call 'hard core' or 'offensive language' peppered throughout the album, so it's best to be prepared for that – keeping in mind it's really just the 'F' word being bandied about so it's not going to contaminate too many innocent minds is it?

Over all this is a great addition to the growing collection of up-beat, stylish and boppy Aussie hip hop making it's way around the country from New South Wales.

A massively entertaining first album - hope there's more. Handsome Records
DAVID JOBLING - "The Independant Weekly"

"Q&A with James from Beats Working"

Beats Working have wowed Triple J listeners with their innovative blend of hip hop, soul, rock, and pop. Now they’re hoping to turn Australia on to their eclectic sound with the release of their debut album Harbour Drive on 30 July. I caught up with vocalist and music production master James ahead of this exciting release -


E.P "Demonstration" 2006
single "exercise" radio play across the country and on jjj

Debut LP "Harbour Drive" 2008, single Hey Lena, radio play across the country in particular jjj



Beats Working is a musical collaboration between three mates with a love of music across all genres. ‘BW’ started mucking around with live music and samples in 2007 and discovered a musical chemistry which saw them quickly create a huge catalogue of cross genre songs and all were surprised with the sound they were producing. (James Branson, ex Kid Confucius)

After showing a few friends their work, the band got a kick start from a mate promoting a show in Newcastle. Impressing all at the party, the foursome quickly began playing regular shows from Brisbane to Perisher Valley in the Snowy Mountains.

With two members hailing from Coffs Harbour, and the other from Newcastle , the drive to the studio in Coffs Harbour became a regular journey. And so it became the name of their debut release, Harbour Drive. In July 2008 ‘Harbour Drive’ was released with national distribution through the acclaimed independent hip hop label, Obese Records.

Across 14 tracks, the group set groove, funk and fun on a collision course with ambitious raps, solid string and brass sections and dynamic arrangements. Far more than just simple rhymes, the album saw the group craft songs that are clever lyrically and instrumentally, whilst at the same time develop their own patented universal sounding vibe - one which is removed from being rooted in the traditional Australian hip hop aesthetic.

In a little over 18 months Beats Working have played over 80 shows around Australia including an East Coast tour from Brisbane to Melbourne and a week in Thredbo last year during uni week. BW have also appeared at a number of festivals including Groovin the Moo, Fat As Butter, Village Fair, a warm winters day, Red Bull Big Air, guest spot at Gold Coast B.D.O. Open Arms Festival and early this year played alongside Public Enemy on their Australian Tour.

The start of 2009 has seen Beats Working back in the studio recording their second, album set for release in the latter half of 2009. †Having collaborated with artists such as DNO, (Resin Dogs) Bluerum 13, (USA) Ezekiel Ox (Mammal) and more, the second album will represent a totally new sound for Beats Working and hopefully open it up to a much wider audience.