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Music In the Night

by Beatworld

Captivating mix of instrumental and vocal tracks. Very visual music, paints broad landscapes. Clever blend of live players and loops. Includes 3 international collaborations done via the internet.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Citizens
3:15 $0.99
2. Bombay Soup
3:57 $0.99
3. Love Express
4:32 $0.99
4. Yeah
3:31 $0.99
5. Transit
4:30 $0.99
6. Music In the Night
3:49 $0.99
7. Jazz Is
4:55 $0.99
8. Captivity
3:36 $0.99
9. Curried Djembe
2:43 $0.99
10. Bonita Cidade
3:59 $0.99
11. Brother Y
4:40 $0.99
12. Secrets
3:56 $0.99
13. Skins
3:53 $0.99
14. Heatwave
4:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Beatworld's second album, Music In The Night picks up where The Jungle In The City left off. Featuring more songs from Roni Francois (The Sinceros, Lene Lovich, Teardrop Explodes, Eurogliders, Wendy Matthews) the album offers an impressive diversity of musical styles, yet there is a common thread that pulls it all together.

Three of the songs (Secrets, Yeah and Captivity) are the result of international collaborations via the internet.

Back in about 2001 Neil Finn posted a wierd and wonderful collection of samples on his now defunkt webpage,
They weren't samples from released NF work, rather just odds and ends which may have been left over from one of his solo projects. Some were a bar long, some just one sound or phrase,others short loops.
He invited people to download them and do whatever they liked with them and then upload them back to his site. You could add your own parts, tweak the samples,in other words do whatever you liked with them as long as you ended up with a song that contained some of the samples.
The original idea was that he would release an album with the best works on it. Like many "good ideas" we all have from time to time,in the end the album didn't eventuate.
Secrets and Yeah, made it to the final 12 works after dozens of works from around the globe got uploaded to the page and were culled down to the final set.

In 2001 Murray Campbell also met French born,Paris based,muliti-talented musician/producer JC Lemay online via the Cubase users forum.
JC really liked "I Don't Want To Go",a song from the first Beatworld album,"The Jungle In The City",and asked if he could do a remix of it.
It was really exciting doing a collaboration via the internet. Murray sent him the audio files he needed via ftp and then he worked his magic in Paris.
The end result,"Captivity",was released simultaneously on Beatworld's second album,"Music In The Night",and on JC's second album, "Trip of Hope",which was released in Europe by Kokai Media.
A Japanese television production company used Captivity in a production which still goes to air in Japan.....we have never seen it but still get royalties. JC and Murray finally met in 2005 when Murray was in Paris on holidays.

Murray Campbell - drums, percussion, programming and keyboards
Roni Francois - bass, vocals, keyboards, guitars and programming
Russell K Smith - guitar, slide guitar and midi guitar
Tony Borthwick - flute and saxes

Michael King - guitar
Mark Fletcher - guitar (Heatwave)

JC Lemay - keyboards, programming, guitar and vocals (Captivity)
Stefan Rodesco - strings (Captivity)

Produced, arranged, recorded and mixed - Murray Campbell and Roni Francois
Mastered by James Hewgill at JHM

Secrets and Yeah contain samples of Neil Finn (vocals, guitar, piano and harmonium)
Yeah contains some samples used under licence no. NV0301071 from AMG
Secrets contains some samples from Bill Laswells Dub Tactic Manual
Citizens contains some samples from Zero G NY Cutz



to write a review

Paris Pompor, Drum Media

contemporary musicscape with a dub/urban/world/jazz flavour
All the way from Perth, drummer, programmer, composer, founding member of Big Red Tractor, avid traveller & collector of percussion bits from around the globe, Murray Campbell delivers the 2nd LP from Beatworld, the follow up to 1998’s “The Jungle in The City”. Accurately self-described as a “contemporary musicscape with a dub/urban/world/jazz flavour”,the trip is mostly instrumental & while Campbell either writes (or co-writes) most of the 14 tracks, he is also joined by a handful of collaborators who resumes read like session players, adding bass, flute,guitar,keys, sax and vocals. There’s an atmospheric quality to the music & as the title suggests, its setting after the sun has burnt its shape into the horizon. Mood samples, bird noises or guitar-ambiences give many of the tunes width & provide organics for the digitally recorded album which melds programming & probably computer editing with some more traditional song writing & instrumentation. At times the sounds & treatments trek a path close to “adult contemporary” & rockier outcrops, but the compositions never stray far from the jazz-world intentions. It’s a coherant project that moves from bluesy & reggae influences to perky African ones, while Campbell’s collection of drums dances thru the global mix.


Yet another fascinating side to the music of Western Australia. This particular album is apparently the second release for Beatworld,a project driven by someone named Murray Campbell, this album slotting in beside 1998’s The Jungle In The City.

Unlike what many are doing in Western Australia, Beatworld’s electronic feel, combines a sort of jazz fusion at times, then goes more towards a sort of “electronic ballad”. Some of the highlights include “Jazz Is”, the tribal drumming of “Curried Djembe” & my pick, which is the opener “Citizens”, a song that pretty much captures the mood of what’s ahead on the album.

Paul Gurney, Metior Magazine

This release has got gems, and is worth purchasing.
In January 2002, Perth based percussionist/programmer/engineer Murray Campbell released his second album, Music In The Night……and local music has never been so far from home. Campbell has teamed up with London born multi-instrumentalist Roni Francois (who has worked with Teardrop Explodes and Wendy Matthews), flute/sax player Tony Borthwick, virtuoso guitarist Russell Smith and Mick King.

The essence of the album is world based, but the number of slants and deviations these guys take is really interesting. Mixing dub, ambient, jazz and sampling some manufactured beats and adding live percussion instruments from round the world,these guys melt the pot.

The beats and percussion are the first things to jump out at you. Opening with ”Citizens” the CD feels dark and digital with its heavy beats, then smooth and calm when the sax,guitars and slight vocals slide in.

Neil Finn provides vocals and some musical accompaniment (piano and guitar) on “Yeah” and “Secrets”. His presence gives Campbell a lot to work with. If you like Finn then buy this CD you’ll love these tracks. Campbell has also collaborated with French musician Jean-Christophe Lemay on his release Trip of Hope available @

Perhaps not a really “new” idea but a well executed one. Sometimes drifting too long on the solos, and sometimes reminding us of stuff we’ve heard (Massive Attack). But this release has got gems, and is worth purchasing.

Phil Bennett, Nova Magazine

An abstract and strangely magnetic album
Having released one of 1998’s landmark local recordings, The Jungle In The City, Murray Campbell’s Beatworld project embarks on an extension and development of their richly hued rhythmic sound.

Mixing elements of world music (Bombay Soup and Love Express have India and Africa, respectively, written all over them), reggae (Brother Y skanks like a classic Kingston lope), and dubbed out dance (Yeah’s bassline sways, menacing and mesmerising, like a cobra ready to strike), this is an album that is moodily atmospheric, imaginatively produced and expertly executed as any in the world today.

Some of the tracks are soothing meditational pieces, such as Transit, with its smooth sax playing courtesy of Tony Borthwick, but most throb and pulsate rather than lay back.

Secrets contains samples from Bill Laswell’s Dub Tactic Manual which is a key indicator of where Campbell and Beatworld’s muse lies. Haunting and mysterious, it drifts in and out of shadows, leaving melodic hints and clues that tickle the listener’s imagination, without revealing all.

Music In The Night positively drips style. With players of the calibre of Russell Smith (A2Z, Goanna), Roni Francois (Lene Lovich through to the Eurogliders), and engineer extraordinaire James Hewgill, you can’t really go wrong. Though they dwell in our backyard, their skills are truly world class.

The musician’s attention to detail is flawless, their contributions beautifully restrained, and the sense of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts fully realized.

An abstract and strangely magnetic album with a distinct dub flavour, Music In The Night is an excellent local release that deserves international recognition.

Chris Fuller, The West Australian

Undoubtedly world class
Beatworld ,for those who don’t already know, is the brainchild of local lad Murray Campbell and is a collaboration with Sydney’s Roni Francois (Wendy Matthews, Lene Lovich, Teardrop Exlodes). This second release is a smooth combination of dub,chill, jazz, ambient and world textures. Campbell’s long history with numerous local bands has equipped him with impeccable arrangement skills and this, combined with the production talents of Francois, proves to be a formidable prospect. There is a fluidity to these tracks that is uncommon for a local release and we have here a recording that is undoubtedly world class.