Story: Jack Foley
LFO, aka Mark Bell, returns from a seven-year absence with a
new single, Freak, released through Warp Records on August
Never ceasing to make music, Mark has been busy with other projects
and only now decided to reactivate his LFO alter ego.
As befits the cornerstone of the Warp roster, Freak is
a monster of a track, unmistakeably LFO and as bang-on as ever.
LFO's debut hit single, LFO, peaked at number 12 in the
national charts in 1990 (which remains to this day the highest
charting Warp single ever).
Two hugely successful LFO albums - the all-time classic Frequencies
(1991) and its companion, Advance (1996) - and a brace
of singles, including Tied Up and What Is House,
followed before Mark Bell retreated from the bleep 'n' bass spotlight,
with its endless demands to appear on Top of the Pops and NME
Mark Bell has spent the interim years working with Bjork (he
produced Homogenic and Selma Songs, the soundtrack
to the Palme d'Or winning Dancer in the Dark) and Depeche
Mode (he produced their last album, Exciter).
Freak will be followed by a full length album, Sheath,
on September 22.
Mark Bell will perform live as LFO at Tribal Gathering, at a
secret location in Manchester, on August 23, and the XLR8R Magazine
10th Anniversary bash in New York City on September 6, with further
international dates TBA.
Watch the Warp Records website for further updates.
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