Mark Bell of LFO has died.
The news was confirmed by Warp Records, who wrote: “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.”
LFO formed in the late 1980s in Yorkshire and were considered to be pioneers of bass-heavy techno. The duo was made up of Bell and Gez Varley, until Varley left in the mid-1990s. LFO released three albums, 1991’s ‘Frequencies’, 1996’s ‘Advance’ and 2003’s ‘Sheath’.
Bell worked closely with Bjork, co-producing a number of her albums, starting in 1997 with ‘Homogenic’. He also released music under the name Clark.
Bjork paid tribute by sharing 1991’s ‘Love Is The Message’ on her Facebook page – which you can listen to above – while Friendly Fires‘s Jack Savidge wrote: “RIP Mark Bell – an absolute don”.