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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00004Z3Z3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. After
2. Dabudei
3. Streets Of Istanbul
4. Before
5. Homebase
6. I Guess She...
7. Slowhand Hussein
8. Just You & I
9. Colores
10. Ocean Air
11. Smile
12. Where Are We?
13. Spacewater

Editorial Reviews

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Already own the entire Kruder & Dorfmeister disography? No worries. The city of Vienna is sending more blunted beats your way in the form of Dzhian and Kamien. The downbeat capital's latest exports are much more than K&D clones, however. This is their own special brand of Sunday morning headfunk. Turkish-flavored tracks such as "Slowhand Hussein" and "Just You & I" open the Outcaste crew's bag of table tricks and let it breathe on the back porch of the Cafe del Mar. The jazz-laced "Where Are We?" and "After" imagine the Thievery Corporation out of their trademark debonair threads and in rainbow wigs and clown shoes. Dzihan & Kamien even try their hand at slightly more traditional pop structures on "Smile," in which an Edie Brickell-ish vocalist trips over a shifty typerwriter-as-rhythm-track beat. Equal parts quirk, groove, and experimentation make a pretty savory tonic. --Bob Michaels

Customer Reviews

Really Ly fun downtempo stuff!!
SPDMSW
What it is, is an excellent blend of various dance styles with Middle Eastern beats and melodies, and loungey elements.
TJ
A great first outing by this duo.
Leon M. Maroney

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TJ on January 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this is not trip-hop or downtempo, and really is not that similar to K&D, Thievery Corp and others that Dzihan and Kamien are compared to. What it is, is an excellent blend of various dance styles with Middle Eastern beats and melodies, and loungey elements. It is an amazing debut LP, with a huge amount of instrumental dexterity and sampling genius. While countless bands have sampled Middle Eastern music, nobody else has blended it so skillfully and made it so danceable as well in the process.
Elements of house, trip-hop, lounge, trance, drum'n'bass, and dub combined on this CD. There are a lot of great songs on it, but I particularly like the ethereal "Ocean Air" -the Turkish saz flavored "Slowhand Hussein" the funky Arabic "Just You and I" and the piano-tinged "Homebase."
Highly recommended for anybody who likes interesting dance music in ethnic flavors.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HHK on November 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Here is another downtempo duo from Austria in the same vein as fellow Austrian duo Kruder & Dorfmeister.(They got a lot better since Falco :))
Kamien is Swiss, and Dzihan is Bosnian. They are apparently very much influenced by Turkish music.(turkish zither samples on some songs, samples from an instrument sounding like an electric saz on others) This influence is especially obvious in "streets of istanbul" , "slowhand hussein" and "just you & I". The last one is one of the best tracks in the album along with "after","homebase" (also in a cafe del mar compilation) and "dabudei" in my opinion."Just you & I" and "after" are also the most danceable tracks in the album. The rest is perfect for after-party chill-out.
Buy this album! Also check out Kruder&Dorfmeister's and Thievery Corporation's (especially last album "Mirror Conspiracy") work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on January 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In amongst the huge amount of distinctly second-rate laid-back electronica and chill-out music that's out there are some real hidden gems. And here's one... an album full of cleverly arranged, addictive beats that will grab repeated space on your CD player. Why? Well, despite its distinctly "tacky" cover, "Freaks & Icons" is in fact one of the coolest albums around... closer to Thievery Corporation than Kruder & Dorfmeister, but with the same beautifully crafted, multi-layered instrumentation of their more popular peers, it incorporates East European & Asian influences into familiar, rock-solid jazz-funk and "chill out" structures that, seemingly effortlessly, roll along from start to finish. After a couple of times through, the infectious melodic "hooks" that underpin virtually every track take hold and, before you know it, you're hitting the replay button yet again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boon Sheridan on November 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The slip cover on this disc referenced Kruder & Dorfmeister, Saint Etienne and others and those are good starting points. The disc has a lot less dub in it than a K&D track, but there's some nice funk underneath the percussion of "After" that would fit right in on K&D's Session's disc. There are some really open-ended soundscape tracks that roll along (the closing "Spacewater" and the narrated "Colores") to balance the funkier tunes.
The tempo is certainly laid back, and the songs flow really well - there's no jumping from low BPM into a club anthem or anything like that, so a good listen on the headphones will be rewarding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CurlyFroVA on August 26, 2007
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In the realm of acid jazz/jazz fusion/downtempo/lounge this CD ranks up there with the best of them. If you're looking for earth-shattering-intergalactic-experimental-electronica you will surely fall asleep on this one. However, if your prefer more refined and structured electronica, you'll enjoy the hip jazzy feel they have infused into each track.

Almost any track you can easily imagine being played in your local Starbucks or your favorite lounge. Some are danceable (After, Just You & I, Where Are We?). Some go well with your morning Caramel Macchiato (I Guess She..., Before, Ocean Air). A few are excellent backdrops for an evening houseparty with pita chips, hummus and Mojitos (Dabudei, Streets of Istanbul, Slowhand Hussein). Others are great as a night cap (Homebase, Colores, Spacewater). Regardless the event or time of day there is a song from this CD that would suit perfectly.

I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 merely because I enjoy this CD second to their other CD, Gran Riserva which I highly rate a 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rav Mirch on August 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I can truthfully say, those familiar with Dzihan and Kamien are not only a fortunate lot, but also a bunch that exude an eclectic and excellent taste in music. Relatively popular amongst Ibiza's sun-drenched followers and ambient/chill-out lovers, Dzihan and Kamien are a fresh and innovative duo capable of churning out beautiful, sublime and ear-catching music.
Hailed from Vienna, Dzihan and Kamien have sent many spiralling, with their juxtaposition and synthesis of Eastern and Western sounds. Tracks like 'Dabudei', 'Slowhand Hussein' and 'Just you and I', coalesces traditional Middle-Eastern beats with sophisticated Western synthesized rhythms to produce rich, lively and kaleidoscopic tempos.
But Dzihan and Kamien doesn't just stop there, they conjure up much more, but to say any more would be giving away what this whole album is all about. In short, Dzihan and Kamien don't fail to disappoint chill-out listeners, and they certainly didn't disappoint me with Freaks and Icons!!
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