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Reports coming in of death of electronic pioneer

Reports have been coming in on the death of Mark Bell from LFO, a true pioneer of electronic music.

Mark was initially part of the hardcore bleep act LFO with Gez Varley. Their eponymous track 'LFO' — a classic of the hardcore era — was one of the first releases on Warp Records in 1990 and cracked the Top 20 in the UK.

'We Are Back' followed in 1991 along with the 'Frequencies' album, and LFO went on to remix acts like Afrika Bambaataa, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Laurent Garnier, Sabres Of Paradise and Bjork.

Varley left LFO in 1996, and Mark started working with Bjork — producing the Icelandic pixie's acclaimed 'Homogenic' album. He went on to work on most of Bjork's subsequent albums, as well as Depeche Mode's 'Exciter' in the late '90s.

According to a statement on the Warp Records website, it is thought that Mark died from complications following an operation. DJ Mag's thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time.