I released this a few months ago on Demonoid. As it seems uncertain whether Demonoid will ever re-appear I'm in the process of re-posting my releases to Pirate Bay.
A big thank you to those people who have kept seeding while Demonoid has been down. I'm not sure there are any other complete sources still out there so I'm releasing this using initial seed mode (rtorrent) which means you may not see a complete source for a few hours (same as super seed in utorrent).
Ripped from my CD.
Encoded to flac -5, all tracks accurately numbered, named and tagged.
m3u playlist included
Scans: High quality full size 300 dpi scan of front cover & rear tray, ready to print.
Amazon.com This British-based Asian dance group fuses Indian sounds with Western dance aesthetics, aspiring to create a form of transcendental techno. Joi's sonic agenda involves taking live and sampled instrumentation--tablas, sitars, flutes, vocals--and assimilating them into electronic dance grooves. It's a sonic investment that yields mixed dividends. While Joi insinuate spontaneous playing and some subtle changes into their beat-driven tunes, they generally fall into the repetitive trap of like-minded efforts. "Deep Asian Vibes" stacks up various instruments over house grooves with little regard for melodic or rhythmic progression. And the rambunctious "Tacadin" sounds like the Chemical Brothers with a slight Eastern tinge. Some of the tunes do strive to spiritually uplift, most notably the laid-back grooves of "Triatma" and the subtly hypnotic "Holy Side," which contrasts a bass-heavy rhythm section with nasaly vocals. Unfortunately the frequent lapse into cyclic structures keeps the music from achieving the consciousness-expanding effect the group may desire. Ultimately those seeking exotic refreshment for their feet on the dance floor may be enticed by We Are Three, but those seeking spiritual nourishment amid the grooves may wish to look elsewhere. --Bryan Reesman
From http://www.realworldrecords.com/artists/joi :
Let the rejoicing begin: Joi are back. Not that these mystical maestros, these Eastern-leaning experimentalists, have been away, mind you. Their legacy lives on in clubland, at festivals, just as their philosophy - spiritual unity through music - has continued unabated. But the arrival of their third album, the superbly crafted Without Zero, begs a fanfare. Propelled by Western beats, lifted by celestial Indian voices and coloured by traditional Asian and Arabic instrumentation, it's a giant step in an already groundbreaking journey.
Having blazed a trail in the mid Eighties with their DJ-led mix of brittle breakbeats and flowing Eastern grooves - a trail that the so-called 'Asian Underground' followed in droves - this British Asian collective released two compelling, intelligent albums, 1999's One and One Is One and 2002's We Are Three. Celebratory and devotional, progressive and respectful, laden with different emotions yet bound by a one-love aesthetic, they stole the hearts of critics, clubbers and exemplary music-lovers alike.
Many years ago, when the young Shamsher brothers moved down to Brick Lane from Bradford, their father ran a traditional music shop, and would record tapes in a back room to sell on the street. Even back then, Haroon and Farook would manipulate synthesisers and echo chambers for their father in between playing tablas and flutes. As Farook states: "We still have the same crossover vibe - it's a natural fusion of growing up listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, and being influenced by reggae, hip hop and soul." That was, and still is, the spirit of Joi.
This fusion of all sounds east and west became the boys' trademark: in 1983 they conceived a collective under the name Joi Bangla, shortened from the 'League of Joi Bangla Youth Organisation', which was set up to promote Bengali culture to local kids. Mixing up traditional Bengali music with James Brown riffs and funky breakbeats on a regular basis at various underground parties, they quickly established themselves as the best DJs and party organisers in the East End.
A couple of early vinyl releases followed, including the neatly named Asian acid vibes of 'Taj Mahouse', produced by Tony Thorpe (KLF) in 87, whilst the late eighties rap, 'Funky Asian' appeared a year later. However, it was the classic 'Desert Storm', released on Rhythm King Records, which gave the band their first taste of critical success, with NME declaring it not only Single Of The Week, but also 'one of the most inventive records ever made'. The band looked poised for great things - until they were lost in the aftermath of their label's subsequent absorption into BMG.
Understandably cautious after such an experience, and despite being offered large sums of money by various majors, Joi returned to their first love: DJing and running their club nights. Their sound system allowed the brothers to mix up exclusive DATs with vinyl, and feature on-line sampling and live percussion. From 1992 for three years, their rule at the Bass Clef club (later the Blue Note) every Thursday was little short of legendary, attracting nearly every credible artist of its time, from Orbital to the KLF, Goldie to Bjork. Joi had established themselves as legendary founders of what became known as the Asian Underground. In December 2006 Farook Shamsher collected to prestigious UK Asian Music Award 2006 for 'Commitment To The Scene' in recognition for seminal work of those early days and his long-standing work in the Asian music scene.
Note for EAC fetishists and DAE religionists ;-)
Ripit is a secure ripper when used with cdparanoia v10.2 and an optical drive whose cache can be defeated (or of course a drive which does not cache digital audio). I have tested it (and many other Windows and UNIX CD rippers) and when the resulting flacs are decoded to wav they are bit for bit identical to those obtained by decoding flacs from error-free (and accuraterip checked) rips made with EAC (verified by md5sum check of the wavs). If this is not satisfactory please don't post to express a complaint, a question, your anxieties, or your beliefs. Instead simply purchase the original CD.
Convert the flacs to wav: flac -d *.flac
cd.toc is a toc for perfect dao burning using cdrdao in GNU/Linux or Mac/Solaris/BSD etc. Recommended.
cdrdao write --device --speed 4 cd.toc
(device is optional on a single optical drive system, speed is optional)
If your burner supports CD-Text the full CD-Text information contained in the cd.toc will be written to the CD.
cd.cue is a cue sheet for burning in Windows. (untested)
Windows users can also use burnatonce to burn from cd.toc (after converting the flacs to wav). Should work on all versions of Windows, may be a problem with Vista's UAC (untested).