N-Joi

Real Name:
Nigel Champion, Mark Franklin
Profile:
English rave / techno band formed in 1989 by Nigel Champion & Mark Franklin. Their early material was highly influential in the UK rave scene, with many bands inspired by their sound & live performance. Republica vocalist Saffron started her career by performing live with the band, but she recorded no material with them. The band is mainly remembered for the piano track "Anthem" from that period.

They released the LP "Inside Out" in 1995, by which time the band had developed a more refined progressive house sound. Unfortunately, they were dropped by deConstruction just prior to the album's release.
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Albums

74321 25687 - 2 N-Joi - Inside Out album art NJoi* Inside Out (Album) Deconstruction 74321 25687 - 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none N-Joi - Music Is A State Of Mind E.P. album art N-Joi Music Is A State Of Mind E.P. (EP) Not On Label (N-Joi) none UK 1989 Sell This Version
PT 44042 N-Joi - Music From A State Of Mind album art N-Joi Music From A State Of Mind (Single, EP, Maxi) Deconstruction PT 44042 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
07863 62162-1 N-Joi - Mindflux / Malfunction / Phoenix / Rhythm Zone album art NJoi* Mindflux / Malfunction / Phoenix / Rhythm Zone (EP, Single) RCA 07863 62162-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
PT 44344 N-Joi - Adrenalin EP album art N-Joi Adrenalin EP (EP) Deconstruction PT 44344 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
PT44042 N-Joi - Anthem album art N-Joi Anthem (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction PT44042 UK 1990 Sell This Version
RDCC62006-1, RCA 62006-1 N-Joi - Malfunction album art N-Joi Malfunction RCA, Deconstruction RDCC62006-1, RCA 62006-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
PT 45252DJ N-Joi - Live In Manchester album art N-Joi Live In Manchester (Single) Deconstruction, RCA PT 45252DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
FOZ 1 N-Joi - The Drumstruck E.P. album art N-Joi The Drumstruck E.P. (EP) Deconstruction FOZ 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Strong 1 N-Joi - Strength album art Njoi* Strength(12", Promo) Deconstruction Strong 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CSL 743212521344 N-Joi - Papillon album art NJoi* Papillon (Maxi) Deconstruction CSL 743212521344 Mexico 1994 Sell This Version
JOI 1 N-Joi - Earquake album art N-Joi Earquake(12", Promo) Deconstruction JOI 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
74321 27729 2 N-Joi - Bad Things album art Njoi* Bad Things (Single) Deconstruction 74321 27729 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321 61561 1 N-Joi - Screeem! (Anthem 98) album art N-Joi versus Tact N-Joi versus Tact - Screeem! (Anthem 98) (Single) Deconstruction, BMG 74321 61561 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CMED1003 N-Joi - Anthem (2006 Mixes) album art NJoi* Anthem (2006 Mixes) (Maxi, Single) The New Black Records CMED1003 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none N-Joi - A Classic Band's Take On 2 Classic Trax album art NJoi* A Classic Band's Take On 2 Classic Trax (Single) The New Black Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version
none NJoi* EP(CD, EP, Promo) The New Black Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version
none N-Joi - Ready 2 Party album art NJoi* Ready 2 Party(CDr, EP, Promo) The New Black Records, Hyperactive (2) none UK 2007 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Rave Tape 001 N-Joi - Mindflux (Myler Remix) album art N-Joi Mindflux (Myler Remix)(File, WAV) DSNT Records Rave Tape 001 Ireland 2018

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anton.hystrix

anton.hystrix

June 15, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
After all these years I still think their live shows were one of the strongest ever. Raw energetic music (most of which wasn't even released) mixed into continuous flow, simple but strong vocal shouts by Nigel, great dancers. No wonder they inspired so many rave artists and one of the iconic releases was Live In Manchester.

The project became alive again in the recent years and started releasing old remastered music on the official website. I recommend to support these guys, they promised some unreleased material too.
oldskoolhead1

oldskoolhead1

November 15, 2019
n-joi if you still out there and listening, if possible, you need to release feelings inside my mind on a single, ive looked for it and seen many wanting id's on it and where to buy it and it was never released only on live in manchester, we need it on unmixed single ;-)
tranzyd

tranzyd

September 9, 2018
I wish a cd compilation unmixed of course of their early work would come out
Ed_Jenkins

Ed_Jenkins

September 13, 2017
Respect! Very proud to have worked with Nigel Champion when I was at Nukleuz Records and he was putting out house music as 'Champion Burns' - totally down to earth guy... proper legend
aidiothir

aidiothir

June 2, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
N-Joi were the pioneers of 1991 Techno sound, their music was almost parallel to Belgian 91'ish Techno music, even though they were from UK, with tracks like Malfunction, Adrenalin, Mindflux, The Kraken, Phoenix, Manic. I cannot think other artist from UK that capture so much the european 1991 techno sound like N-Joi with bleeps, bass, breaks, stabs and 4/4 rhythm alltogether to a result of hands in the air energetic hard techno rave music. Sadly they never released some of the tracks of ''Live In Manchester parts1&2'' properly into singles, or maybe some other of their demo tracks of that period that we will never hear. I wish they had done more techno music and releases during 1990-1992, than they did. That would have been cool. One of my legends ever.
Braindead

Braindead

June 16, 2014
In my opinion N-Joi were the best band of this era, even today their music sounds different, but not dated. They are certainly the only band I regret not seeing when I had the chance.

It's a shame they will probably be know to most people for Anthem, which is not one of their best tracks IMO. From a time when underground music was pushing boundaries, their music was consistently different and well produced. They were able to fuse breakbeat, sub-bass, beeps, acid lines, rave stabs, odd lead sounds, and looped samples all under pinned by a solid 4 to the floor 909 kick drum. They were innovators, and sadly never achieved the highs they were capable of.
Handsonrecords.co.uk

Handsonrecords.co.uk

September 21, 2011
edited over 9 years ago
N-Joi what an amazing pioneering band easily up there with the Prodigy , Shades of Rhythm , Chemical brothers and the like. Lot's of stand out tracks from these guys as well that are still being played to this day. Anthem probably being the main one for the oldskool hands in the Air Piano line. Even their house, darker techno and acid stuff is pure class and has some awesome 303 action, tracks like Papillon and Drumstick EP really take you on an epic journey. Shame there isn't more music made like this anymore. Join us on our other page if your into this sort of music and era @ http://facebook.com/weloveoldskool

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