LFO - 'freak' (update 2014 - RIP Mark Bell)

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LFO are phenomenal. It's a shame they never made more records.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Saturday, 28 April 2012 23:00 (five years ago) Permalink

this single and album wasn't even "them"

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:55 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah it's a lot better than what gez varley was doing though

the late great, Sunday, 29 April 2012 01:00 (five years ago) Permalink

i mean he had five or six awesome tracks around the time (quo vadis in particular stands out) but otherwise it was an endless torrent of minimal *yawn*

"sheath" is like "advance" - a blast of pure wtf that one half of your brain tells you is techno but that the other half realizes it kinda sounds like nothing else out there

the late great, Sunday, 29 April 2012 01:05 (five years ago) Permalink

the b-side (and bonus track on some editions of Sheath) is one of my all-time favourites


boxedjoy, Sunday, 29 April 2012 09:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Worst big 'classic' act on Warp. Other than 'LFO' there's very little they've done that doesn't sound like a lumpen, lazy mess.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Sunday, 29 April 2012 09:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Like, you know that episode of south park where everyone's digging the new Adam Sandler movie but all he can hear is fart sounds? That's what I get from LFO.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Sunday, 29 April 2012 09:54 (five years ago) Permalink

That's because you are a cloth-eared fool.

A few years ago Bjork did a live version of Hyperballad that mutated into the spasmodic breakdown from Freak, largely because Mark Bell was on knob-twiddling duties. I pretty much lost my shit the first time I heard it (partly because much of the gig that had preceded it was pretty muted and dull).

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:39 (five years ago) Permalink

^ yeah, saw this in January 2008, was awesome

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've got to say Charlie that's an insane thing to say. I fail to see how anyone couldn't love Frequencies. Got the reissue on vinyl. Still sounds mint now.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Sunday, 29 April 2012 16:07 (five years ago) Permalink

dog latin is a great poster, though it sometimes seems his opinion of 'idm' albums is the exact inverse of my own

Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Sunday, 29 April 2012 16:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I love all 3 LFO albums. Sorry DL, but you're wrong here.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:07 (five years ago) Permalink

I remember queuing up in our price at 9am to get Advance. There was like 5 people doing the same. Exciting days.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:08 (five years ago) Permalink

No, you're all wrong. Every one of you.

That said, I'm giving these albums another go this evening.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:31 (five years ago) Permalink

did you come to your senses then?

boxedjoy, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Impossible to hate Frequencies. Flat out impossible.

henry s, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:44 (five years ago) Permalink

did you come to your senses then?

i assume he's still raving in a dark warehouse somewhere, just him, a boombox and a bunch of tapes of old LFO gigs

god that sounds like fun

hot slag (lukas), Friday, 4 May 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

didnae realize this cunt has a heavily cunningham influenced promotional video


Suggest Banlieue (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Rewind seven years ago to 2003; this track never gets old.

LFO is a UK techno/electronic band that’s been cutting tracks since the late 80s and are currently on Warp Records. For those who don’t know, their name comes from “Low Frequency Oscillator,” which is integral in producing the dubstep wobble sound.

( ͡° ͜ʖ͡°) (sic), Thursday, 20 December 2012 02:44 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

shit no way

john wahey (NickB), Monday, 13 October 2014 16:20 (three years ago) Permalink

Looking for more confirmation...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 October 2014 16:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh no!

Eric H., Monday, 13 October 2014 16:25 (three years ago) Permalink

:( he was pretty young afaik

A solid little house from the p-funk boys (I am using your worlds), Monday, 13 October 2014 16:28 (three years ago) Permalink


the late great, Monday, 13 October 2014 16:52 (three years ago) Permalink

There is a formal statement from Warp


Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 October 2014 16:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Fuck. This is terrible. RIP.

Matt DC, Monday, 13 October 2014 17:32 (three years ago) Permalink


well-behaved wingmen really hate Mystery (DJ Mencap), Monday, 13 October 2014 17:39 (three years ago) Permalink

this is completely unexpected and awful.

clouds, Monday, 13 October 2014 17:43 (three years ago) Permalink


💪😈⚠️ (DJP), Monday, 13 October 2014 17:46 (three years ago) Permalink

I was two years old when "LFO" came out so I never got to live through its peak and instead hear it as retro, but I get to live in a culture where a piece of music so singular and striking is part of the canon, and that's a testament to the power of his ability to both innovate and excite. Even more amazing is that hearing his work from his later years was just as thrilling and fresh. A truly talented figure, RIP.

boxedjoy, Monday, 13 October 2014 17:50 (three years ago) Permalink

Mark Bell's music was futuristic in the best way: not utopian, but urgent, vital and unconcerned with what came before. Shock to have that kind of life force vanish.

ugh (lukas), Monday, 13 October 2014 17:59 (three years ago) Permalink

This is awful. RIP.

toby, Monday, 13 October 2014 18:09 (three years ago) Permalink

very, very sad; a true innovator. i had a promo of "LFO" by LFO a few weeks before it came out and was in the fortunate position of being able to play it to a room full of people on a huge soundsystem every week. nowadays, a few people might come up to ask what a record is but i swear the first time i played this, over half the people in the club came up to ask what it was. people would spontaneously start applauding when the bass break came in and the bar staff would plead with me not to play it as glasses would start falling off the shelves. it really felt like the future had arrived. it seemed almost revolutionary when it then nearly reached the uk top ten. almost every record he was involved with still sounds phenomenal.

stirmonster, Monday, 13 October 2014 18:13 (three years ago) Permalink

Both Frequencies and Homogenic were completely pivotal moments in the evolution of my taste, although I came to Homogenic first and worked backwards.

At a time when so many British underground musicians release major label debuts with all the life triangulated out of them, and every pop record is accompanied by a tedious discussion as to whether x or y track is too whatever to be picked up by radio, you just want to take everyone concerned aside and remind them that a record as gloriously unhinged and uncompromising and singular as LFO could just come out of nowhere and crash straight into the top 20 and that maybe everyone should just have a little more faith in what they do.

Matt DC, Monday, 13 October 2014 18:24 (three years ago) Permalink

not sure what to say about this so i'll just post my favorite lfo track


the late great, Monday, 13 October 2014 18:30 (three years ago) Permalink


StanM, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 04:06 (three years ago) Permalink

this is from the freak single


the final twilight of all evaluative standpoints (nakhchivan), Friday, 17 October 2014 23:48 (three years ago) Permalink

as the ytimg helpfully explains

the final twilight of all evaluative standpoints (nakhchivan), Friday, 17 October 2014 23:56 (three years ago) Permalink

that and "butterslut" (they had the best song titles didn't they) are top tier

clouds, Saturday, 18 October 2014 04:26 (three years ago) Permalink


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