Pills

Federation

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This collection of tracks from Pills' 1991-1994 period is a good sample of the French duo's streetwise techno. Much more primitive (and relatively lo-fi) than other French techno acts like Daft Punk and Cassius, Pills combine old-school house (with vintage synthetic handclaps) with a more block-rockin' mid-'90s big beat sound (replete with sirens), and occasionally follow a more ambient path (as on "One"). Still, the group's gritty beats and analogue synth riffs are visceral and effective; while other dance music acts of the '90s update the feel-good vibes of disco, Pills' music is a logical extension of punk. Released as part of a four-CD box set in 1998.