Asian Vibes


Released 22 March 1999

  1. Asian Vibes (Radio Edit)
  2. Asian Vibes (Way Out West Mix)
  3. Asian Vibes (Skeewiff ‘East Meets West’ Mix)
  4. Asian Vibes (Album Version)

Liner notes

‘Asian Vibes’ is the lead single from Joi’s debut album One and One is One. Released in 1999, it includes guest vocals by Shusheela Raman and was remixed by electronic producers Way Out West and Skeewiff. The track epitomises the sound of the late 90s Asian Underground movement of which Joi were key players. The video, directed by Michael Coulson, features band members Farook and Haroon Shamsher in New York’s Time Square.


The official music video for 'Asian Vibes', directed by Michael Coulson


  • Rocky guitar meets Asian vocals on this anthemic single from the Bengali duo's album One And One Is One Music Week
  • A fabulous swirling piece of British Asian pop which puts the pretensions of Kula Shaker to shame The Times (UK)
  • Way Out West and Skeewif rightly re-interpret for Peter Gabriel's most excellent label— very catchy DJ Magazine



A Real World Design
Graphic Design by Tristan Manco
Photography by York Tillyer

All tracks written by F Shamsher/H Shamsher/V Sharma/S Raman
Produced by Farook and Haroon Joi
Recorded at Strongroom, engineered by Mads Bjerke
Published by Tairona Songs Ltd/Copyright Control/J Albert & Son (UK) Ltd

Further Listening

  • One and One is One


    Released 11 April 1999

    The debut album by one of the key acts of the Asian Underground movement of the 90s is an aspirational melting pot of melodic harmonies, tabla rhythms, electro beats, chants, and vocal snatches.
  • Joi Sound System


    Released 18 June 2015

    Joi Sound System is a 22 track double album compiled from Joi's three gloriously inventive albums: 1999's One and One is One, 2000's We Are Three and 2007's Without Zero, plus three bonus tracks. Three sublime albums. A dazzling assemblage of tracks. Choosing a Best Of was never doing to be easy. And yet...

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