Mark Bell from LFO Passes Away
Mark Bell from the iconic electronic music group, LFO, passed away earlier this month due to complications during an operation, his label Warp records announced yesterday.
“It’s with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation. Mark’s family & friends request privacy at this difficult time,” read the label’s statement.
The house producer from Leeds released three albums as LFO along with his partner Gez Varley; Frequencies in 1991, Advance in 1996 and Sheath in 2003 for which he holds legendary status by many. Varley left LFO in 1996, and while Bell continued to perform under the artist name, he started to shift his focus to production and this is where he perhaps left an even bigger contribution to modern electronic music with his continued collaboration with Icelandic star, Bjork, whom he worked extensively, right from her classic Homogenic back in 1997 up to her recent Biophilia in 2011. Mark Bell also produced Depeche Mode’s Exciter in 2001.
Despite the relative dormancy of LFO, Mark Bell was due to perform under the moniker at the Warp25 event in Poland to celebrate the label’s 25th anniversary.
Tributes have poured in online with Bjork’s social media account posting Bell’s 1995 remix of her “Possibly Maybe.”