By Will Hermes
September 17, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

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B+

An expanded U.S. edition of the French electro-duo’s debut EP collects the sumptuous instrumental singles that first seduced the Eurotrash set. ”Modular Mix” and ”Casanova 70” mix synth schmaltz, cool jazz brass, come-hither strings, and conga grooves into fairly irresistible protoplasmic soul. Two newer tracks, ”Californie” and ”Brakes On,” are amusing retro-funk, but they mess with the down-tempo perfection of the original EP. Chill, boys. B+

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