Music world reacts to death of LFO’s Mark Bell

Björk leads tributes to collaborator following his death

Musicians including Björk, Disclosure and Simian Mobile Disco have paid tribute to Mark Bell of LFO.

News of Bell’s death was confirmed by his record label Warp Records, who explained that the electronic musician died last week from complications after an operation.

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 Björk, co-producing a number of her albums, starting in 1997 with ‘Homogenic’ and it was her that led the tributes to Bell online, sharing a clip of LFO’s 1991 track ‘Love Is The Message’ on her Facebook page.

Writing on her Facebook page, Bjork added: “I love you Mark and I feel so blessed to have made so much music with you. May your hypersensitive nature blossom fine and wherever you’re at hope you’ve got good speakers.”

Additional tributes have come from across the musical spectrum with fellow electronic artists joined in mourning Bell’s loss alongside bands such as The Drums and Django Django.