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The silly underworld of electro seems to have two distinct templates for its would-be superstars: The deliciously gritty and witty (Peaches) and the ridiculously overblown (Fischerspooner). But at least one techno-horndog act falls smack in the middle. Mount Sims—beatmaker and vocalist Matt Sims and two scantily clad female sidekicks—tries to temper its damaged-fashion histrionics with some dirty circuitry and plenty of narratives about the need for a good piece of ass. Maybe that’s just another way of saying the L.A. group isn’t really all that flamboyant, and it’s not that funny, either. Whatever the case, Ultra Sex, the Sims’ 2002 debut, sounds lovingly made with 25-year-old synths, and the production on the U.S. version of the disc, by Mickey Petralia (who worked on Beck’s Midnite Vultures), has a warm, analog sensibility. There are some decent pop hooks, too, but this is electro, so who cares? Mount Sims plays with DJ Unknown and Desecata at 9 p.m. at Club Five, 1214-B 18th St. NW. $10. (202) 331-7123. (Joe Warminsky)