Bjork’s tribute to LFO’s Mark Bell

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Stars have paid tribute to electronic music pioneer Mark Bell from Lofthouse who died from complications following an operation.

The former Rodillian High School student was a member of electronic music group LFO, which reached number 12 in the UK singles chart in 1990 with rave anthem ‘LFO’ and released three albums.

Mr Bell, 43, produced seven Bjork albums – including Homogenic and Biophilia – and also worked on Depeche Mode’s Exciter LP.

His record label, Warp Records, said in a statement: “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 and friends request privacy at this difficult time.”

Icelandic singing star Bjork wrote on her Facebook page: “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.”

The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones tweeted: “One of the first on Warp? Produced most of the Bjork albums you love? Mark Bell. Major loss. There was so much more to hear.” Veteran DJ Pete Tong tweeted: “Sad news of the passing of an electronic music pioneer Mark Bell of LFO R.I.P.”

Mr Bell also recorded under Clark, Clark and Lofthouse, Counterpoint, Fawn and Speed Jack.