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LFO (UK)

English band LFO were one of the pioneers of the harsh techno of the early 1990s. Originally comprising Gez Varley (alsoknown as Jez Varley) and Mark Bell, they met while studying at Leeds and gave their first track, the eponymous “LFO”, toNightmares On Wax. The demo’s popularity in clubs lead to the track being released by Warp in 1990, where it made it intothe Top Twenty. The name “LFO” comes from the term low frequency oscillator, a component used to alter sounds insynthesizers, samplers etc.

Gez Varley left the duo in 1996, and continues to have a solo career. ...read more

English band LFO were one of the pioneers of the harsh techno of the early 1990s. Originally comprising Gez Varley (alsoknown as Jez Varley) and Mark Bell, they met while studying at Leeds and gave their first track, the eponymous “LFO”, toNightmares On Wax. The demo’s popularity in clubs lead to the track being released by Warp in 1990, where it made it intothe Top Twenty. The name “LFO” comes from the term low frequency oscillator, a component used to alter sounds insynthesizers, samplers etc.

Gez Varley left the duo in 1996, and continues to have a solo career. Mark Bell continues to record under his own name andthat of LFO, as well as producing albums for Björk and Depeche Mode.

LFO’s album ’Frequencies’ (containing the previously mentioned “LFO” and its follow-up single, “We Are Back”) was a popularalbum for Warp Records and undoubtedly helped establish them as a successful global independent electronic label, alongwith label-mates Nightmares On Wax and Sweet Exorcist. It was originally released with a warning sticker stating that therecord company was not responsible for the potential damage to speakers due to the the extremely loud, low frequency basssignals contained within the music.

‘Frequencies’ was followed by the less commercially successful ’Advance’ and, in 2003, by ’Sheath’ which saw a return to theearlier minimal techno sound of LFO’s debut. « hide

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Sheath
2003

4
6 Votes
Advance
1996

3.9
7 Votes
Frequencies
1991

3.6
17 Votes

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