‘Make LFO a Christmas number one as tribute to music pioneer Mark Bell’

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DJs and celebrities have backed a campaign to get LFO to Christmas number one as a tribute to electronic music pioneer Mark Bell who died in October.

It has been backed by artists including Faithless’ Sister Bliss, Erol Alkan, Simian Mobile Disco, James Zabiela, Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires, Tall Paul and 808 State.

Mr Bell, 43, from Lofthousewas 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.

The former Rodillian High School student produced seven Bjork albums – including Homogenic and Biophilia – and also worked on Depeche Mode’s Exciter LP. Mr Bell also recorded under the names Clark, Clark and Lofthouse, Counterpoint, Fawn and Speed Jack.

He died from complications following an operation.

At the 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.

And 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.”

The Christmas Number One campaign was launched by LFO fan Ian Roullier, 37, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. He said: “I am just a fan of LFO who wanted to pay tribute somehow to Mark Bell and to pay respect to his huge contribution to electronic music. He was a true pioneer of the hypnotic groove.”

A Facebook page already has more than 6,300 likes.

To help get the track to number one, it must be bought or downloaded between Sunday, December 14, and December 20. For more information, search for lfoxmas on Facebook and Twitter.