I’ve Seen …from Dzihan & Kamien’s new album IV, out 12 March on Couchrecords
It’s been a little more than ten years since we last heard from the Viennese music producer duo Dzihan & Kamien with their release ”Lost & Found”. Vlado Dzihan and Mario Kamien, who met in the early 90s, who together created their very own version of “danceable yet relaxed” club music, had reached the end of their musical journey. Behind them lay a period in which the Viennese downbeat sound could be heard on almost every sound system, causing a worldwide sensation. Their first two albums “Freaks & Icons” (2000) and “Gran Riserva” (2002) released to critical and international acclaim. In 2010, Vlado and Mario drew a line under their joint project and put it on ice.
That would have been it, had Vlado Dzihan not picked up the idea again a few years ago and developed the desire to revive the project. However Mario Kamien, due to his current project with the Moka Efti Orchestra (Babylon Berlin) and his increasingly busy schedule, unfortunately had to turn Vlado down. Nevertheless, he supported Dzihan’s plans to continue the project under their joint name and release the upcoming album titled “IV“.
Vlado Dzihan set to work and with “IV” he has succeeded in making a truly remarkable new beginning. Musically, the album could be roughly classified after their 2nd full-length “Gran Riserva”, a phase in which Dzihan & Kamien’s reduced sample work and incorporation of analog instruments began to flourish. In this sense, “IV” cannot be described as a classic, line-driven electronic, downbeat or nu-jazz album. It goes far beyond those attributions. The way Dzihan wanders through the different styles, combining various elements and translating them into his musical expression, without losing any of the Dzihan & Kamien vibe, shows a special set of skills & qualities.