Billie Holiday Don't Explain 5:01
Nitin Sawhney Homelands 5:43
Lyn Leon Never 4:29
Tosca Busenfreund 4:44
Pramod Upadyaya Ambala 4:36
Serge Gainsbourg Je T'Aime, ... Moi Non Plus 4:39
FOP* Avalon 5:04
Atjazz Touch The Sun 4:24
Cay Taylan Beijo 4:22
Bob Holroyd Drumming Up A Storm 4:24
Nitin Sawhney Homelands (Dub) 5:03
Bernhard Lang Schrift III 5:28
The Brut Imperial Quintet Ford Transit 5:27
The Brut Imperial Quintet After 3:52
The Brut Imperial Quintet Drophere 6:43
The Brut Imperial Quintet Stiff Jazz 4:56
The Brut Imperial Quintet Basmati 4:46
The Brut Imperial Quintet Where's Johny Sabatino 5:54
The Brut Imperial Quintet Homebase 5:24
The Brut Imperial Quintet Just You And I 3:56
The Brut Imperial Quintet Smile 4:28
The Brut Imperial Quintet Gutenmorgenduft 6:50

Versions (6)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CR 203 22 dZihan & Kamien Fakes(2xCD, Comp) Couch Records CR 203 22 Austria 2005 Sell This Version
CR 20323 dZihan & Kamien Fakes - For Various Artists(2xLP, Comp) Couch Records CR 20323 Austria 2005 Sell This Version
CR 20321 dZihan & Kamien Fakes - Performed By The Brut Imperial Quintet(LP, Album) Couch Records CR 20321 Austria 2005 Sell This Version
GECH8249, CR 203 22 dZihan & Kamien Fakes(2xCD, Comp, Album) Green Energy, Couch Records GECH8249, CR 203 22 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
CR 20322 dZihan & Kamien Fakes(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Couch Records CR 20322 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
CR 203 22 dZihan & Kamien Fakes(2xCD, Comp, Unofficial) Couch Records (5) CR 203 22 Russia 2005 Sell This Version


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March 22, 2011
referencing Fakes, 2xCD, Comp, CR 203 22

Dzihan & Kamien have always had a knack for downtempo remixes, with an eye towards actual 'remixing,' as opposed to transposing a pre-existing vocal track over a beat. Billie Holiday, for instance, gets "Don't Explain" chopped up and placed over an intricate drum sequence, while Serge Gainsbourg's "Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus" turns into moody jazz. Tosca's "Busenfreund" is recast as a more upbeat affair. The boys aren't afraid of a little fusion, either, like the Indian singing and sitar crashing against the electric guitar and thick beats of "Ambala." Forms of Plasticity's "Avalon" goes a bit more swinging, but not all the remixes succeed: Nitin Sawhney's "Homelands" is a bit dull (the dub version is ten times better). The second disc of jazz-band version of Dzihan & Kamien's own tracks, which generally work well. Listen to the rattling cymbals of the melancholy "Drophere." "Where's Johny Sabatino" gets a thoughtful, languorous redo. Sometimes, though, the jazz can veer into easy listening territory, as on the otherwise crisp "Stiff Jazz." "Just You and I" loses some of its ethnic flair in the revision, but the slow, aching "Gutenmorgenduft" makes up for those deficiencies.


March 14, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Fakes, 2xCD, Comp, CR 203 22

I have to say that every track on CD1 is weak and underdeveloped. Even the remix of the Atjazz track. I have the original and the King Britt remix of Atjazz "Touch The Sun" and both are way better than the remix here and are mastered much better as well. Apparently dZihan & Kamien's formula for remixing is to come up with about 20 or 30 seconds of groovy sounding hooks and vocal bits and then repeat in a loop, as if that makes a good electronic music song. The tracks do sound good for about 20 seconds or so, but then proceed to quickly go nowhere and get boring and cliché. In sharp contrast, CD2 consists entirely of Jazz, and sounded pretty nice, with excellent audio quality.