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Cheeky electro-funk is as resilient as a cockroach in a low-grade nuclear explosion, probably because there’s something pleasantly timeless about the combination of lock-step 808 beats and booty-quaking synth primitivism. The sound still has room for growth, though, as veteran Chicago knob-twiddler Felix da Housecat (Felix Stallings Jr.) proves on Kittenz and Thee Glitz, which restores some of the sexual sass that Europe’s art-groove experts—Air, Daft Punk, etc.—have forgotten in their rush to seem important. In the Kittenz aesthetic, there’s no complicated futurescape of robot love, just humanoids strutting purposefully toward their electric nookie destiny. And Felix, who has cut tracks as Aphrohead, Sharkimax, Wonderboy, and Thee Madkatt Courtship, does it all with mock seriousness, making glitz and glam safe for those of us with a low tolerance for dance-floor pretension. He spins with Christopher Lawrence, Dave Ralph, Bad Company, MC Basim, Knowell, and Intellect at 11:30 p.m. at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $15. (202) 554-1500. (Joe Warminsky)