By Will Hermes
Updated March 19, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

”Electronica” isn’t generally known for cuteness. But this shaggy mix of lo-fi groove-rock and DJ mania is more Mattel than NASA. With hyperactive acoustic bass, busy turntables, squeaky keyboards, helium-voiced samples, theremin, guitar, and static, this Washington trio makes instrumental music that, alongside kin like Land of the Loops, offers giddy counterpoint to ponderous post-rockers and computer-music depressives. Proof futuristic pop doesn’t need to be dystopian. A-