Chris Deckker and Alex Newman are again in place as the conjure men at the helm of this latest techno project from Medicine Drum.

Chris Deckker and Alex Newman are again in place as the conjure men at the helm of this latest techno project from Medicine Drum. Known for their righteous dance grooves, Deckker and Newman's compositional skills make their tracks more dense and rhythmically complex than a lot of elemental dance cuts. Original Face is perhaps more aptly described as techno-fusion, given the way Deckker and Newman combine dub, break beats, and trance with vocalizations, organic sound, and acoustic instrumentation. The outcome in this case is a major thrill. The album spins off one cool track after another and, from the tribal beats of the title track to the hip-hop/Asian synthesis of "Funk Chakra," the mood swings are magnificent. From a techno or a dance perspective, Original Face is a vivid trip.—PVV