Alongside Gez Varley, Bell formed LFO in the late 1980s. After Varley left the group in 1996, Bell continued to produce solo under that name. He was a close collaborator with Björk, producing her 1997 album Homogenic and six other LPs, including 2011’s Biophilia. He also produced Depeche Mode’s 2001 album, Exciter. As LFO, Bell was responsible for some of the most pioneering and visceral electronic music in the Warp Records catalogue, including the 1990 crossover hit “LFO,” 1991’s “What Is House (LFO Remix)” and 2003’s “Freak.”
The news has been confirmed by Warp Records. A statement on the label’s website reads: “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.”
Here is a music video to their 1990 breakthrough track ‘LFO’:
Here is a short clip taken from a television documentary from 1990 interviewing LFO and the founders of the label Warp records:
A sad loss in a year of many who have played a big part in the culture of dance music :(
“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.”
Going through my poster collection (4): in 1997 @bjork did a small capacity club tour for the release of her Homogenic album. For Belgium of course, she chose techno institute Fuse in Brussels. Radiostation @stubru had one ticket to give away - and I won it! She performed 5 songs from the album, including techno banger ‘Pluto’. DJ-support came from @warprecords’ LFO and the then ultra-hip State Of Bengal from London’s Asian Underground movement. Such good memories from this amazing night! #Björk #LFO #MarkBell #StateOfBengal #Fuse #FuseClub #Brussels #StudioBrussel #AsianUnderground #techno #Homogenic #vandejaren90 #1997
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.