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Miss Kittin I.Com

With her first solo album, I.Com, Miss Kittin steps outside the electro sexbot role she developed on collaborations with The Hacker and Felix Da Housecat. Replacing the icy and titillating Aryan sleaze of "Frank Sinatra" and "Shower Scene" are a series of tracks that, despite primarily techno backings, radiate warmth while displaying multiple personalities. On "Professional Distortion" and "Clone Me," Kittin gets self-reflective over pealing guitars and electro pulses, respectively, but numbers like "Happy Valentine" and "3eme Sexe" (a cover of the 1985 Indochine hit) show off her softer side, with lush synth melodies and singing that mixes the sweetness of St. Etienne's Sarah Cracknell with the naivete of French pop vocalist Jane Birkin. Elsewhere you'll find spoken word tracks of Chicks on Speed dimensions, but Kittin's still at her best when she's having fun with the techno form, as on the joyriding "Meet Sue Be She" and the tongue-in-cheek ghetto house track "Requiem For A Hit."

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