Any discussion of Joi's We Are Three disc inevitably comes back to the 1999 death of founding member Haroon Shamsher. Shamsher died midway through work on the disc, and while his brother Farook picked up the thread, you can't help but wonder if this is the record that was on the way before tragedy struck.
Haroon Shamsher had finished making field recordings in Bangladesh before he died, presumably to use as a foundation for Joi's intercontinental beats. The ideas are there, but Farook seems overwhelmed by the task of putting them together in any meaningful way. So, while We Are Three gurgles along pleasantly enough, mixing house beats and downtempo grooves with tabla samples, flute riffs and a rant against the Asian Underground, there isn't any overall structure. More a rough tribute than a finished product.