With the nÜ-electro movement making big strides (see story, page 1), along comes the full-length debut from West Coast-based duo T.H.E.M., an acronym for Thee Human Ego Maniacs, otherwise known

With the nü-electro movement making big strides (see story, page 1), along comes the full-length debut from West Coast-based duo T.H.E.M., an acronym for Thee Human Ego Maniacs, otherwise known as singers/songwriters Christiana Eastman and Justin Nylander. Heavily influenced by the sounds of '80s pop—specifically Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Stacy Q., and Human League—T.H.E.M. is the type of act that most likely had much fun in the studio. Bubbly tracks like "Voices" (the set's first single), "Wicked," "Live for Today," and a just-left-of-center cover of the top-10, mid-'80s Animotion hit "Obsession" make for a windswept, carefree ride. Conversely, such songs as "Play to Win" and the Berlin-spackled "The Lonely One" sound like works-in-progress. And that's rather surprising, given that Nylander co-produced the set with Arthur Barrow, who worked with revered producer Giorgio Moroder during his '80s post-disco/new-wave period (the Motels, Billy Idol). Still, Sin, Win & Grin makes for one promising introduction. Contact 310-486-5607.—MP