One & One Is One

One & One Is One

Happening for years around the festivals and clubs before the music industry and media latched on, the Asian breakbeat fusion is still one of the freshest sounds around. Joi, the partnership of brothers Farook and Harron Shasmer and based in the heart of Banglatown in Brick Lane, have been there since the start but have taken their time on this, their debut. "Asian Vibes" perhaps says it all--female mantra vocal, guitars, tablas, urgent beats. The standard never drops throughout, setting the benchmark for others to aspire to. It works because these are the sounds of Joi's environment, along with the drum & bass, techno and samples that make up the rest of the work. <I>One And One Is One</I>'s release was tinged with huge sadness as it also marked the sudden death of Harron but he can have had no finer epitaph. The past, present and future sound of London. <I>--Phil Udell</i>