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Drum ‘n’ bass was ideal for the late ’90s: For anybody seeking a New Economy soundtrack, the music’s intense beats and interstellar synths mixed hiphop confidence with a hi-tech education. Nowadays, though, all that seriousness can seem a little excessive. That’s probably why drum ‘n’ bass vets such as DJ Klaus Hill and producer Carl Hovland—aka 2 Sinners—are experimenting with other ways to get down. The British-based duo’s basic sound remains as tidy as ever (check last fall’s “Mr. Jingles/Mrs. Jingles” 12-incher), but it now also sports the influence of breakbeat maestro Rennie Pilgrem, who gave 2 Sinners a home on his TCR label. Hill and Hovland—who have also teamed to record as Tek Ed—haven’t made the full leap into house grooves yet, but they’re circling the funk cautiously, with phasers set on stun. 2 Sinners perform at 11:30 p.m. at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $20. (202) 554-1500. (Joe Warminsky)