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LFO (Electronica)

The Sheffield techno duo of Mark Bell and Gez Varley have a reputation that, at first glance, might seem to exceed their abilities. Having released only two records and not many more singles while they worked together, the pair's apparently meager contribution would hardly seem to bear out the claim that they were one of British techno's most important, agenda-setting groups. Nonetheless, early singles such as "We Are Back," "Freeze," and "Love Is the Message" from their debut Frequencies, as well as "Tied Up" from their second disc, Advance, have indelibly marked British techno with Detroit's progressiveness, electro's funk, and an unflinching, uniquely British experimentalism.

Taking their name from the foundational component of the synthesizers -- the low frequency oscillator (kind of like calling a rock group "Power Chord") -- the pair were approached by the Sheffield-based Warp label in the late '80s after tapes the pair had put together on some junky, second-hand equipment caught the ears of local DJs and the dancefloors of local clubs. Both Bell and Varley admit to roots in the early- and mid-'80s hip-hop and electro invasions, as well as the more obvious British acid house explosion, and their affectation for thick, electronic breaks, vocoder samples, and sparse, modal melodies derived largely from that source. (LFO were also one of only a few -- with 808 State and Coldcut -- to find domestic reissue through the New York-based hip-hop label Tommy Boy, making obvious a connection between British experimental techno and American hip-hop and electro-funk.) Releasing their bass-heavy debut in 1991 to universal acclaim, the pair were silent for the next five years, with rumors of a follow-up surfacing from time to time failing to produce anything. Reportedly working with early Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder and Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk (none of that material has ever seen light), LFO finally resurfaced in 1995 with the ironically titled "Tied Up," followed several months later by Advance. The group also remixed tracks for Björk and the Sabres of Paradise, but dissolved the partnership soon after. Varley went on to a solo career, while Bell began an intermittent production career, working on tracks for Björk's Homogenic LP of 1997 and Depeche Mode's Exciter from 2001. After resolving what Warp called his mid-range crisis, Bell returned with the third LFO full-length, Sheath, in the fall of 2003 (officially, it was the first without Varley). ~ Sean Cooper, Rovi
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We are back
People if you read what Miss Mac Mac Mac posted you will see that there are two different groups with the same name. This is the LFO I know and remember, not that boy band version so many are getting this confused with.
chris0745
Wrong description. Pandora, you should fix.
Uhhhh, wrong band, Pandora.
I don't think so
If this is a group begun in 1996, how did they have a (hit) release in 1991 (as your discography shows)?
Ha---this is hilarious. I had the same response when someone saw LFO in my ipod.

To clarify: (taken from wikipedia)

LFO is an English techno act on the Warp Records label. LFO were pioneers of the bass-heavy techno music of the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Originally, the group was composed of Gez Varley and Mark Bell. LFO is now Bell alone.

The group's name is derived from the abbreviation for the term low-frequenc y oscillator, a synthesizer function widely used in electronic music.
jazz eletronica?
No longer boy band. This is growth, or a different group?
FIX FIX FIX FIX FIX
aamarzan
Fix THE BIO INFO. THIS IS NOT THE PIECE OF S**T BOY BAND !!!!!!
there is a boy band by the same name, notice that this artist has the (electronica ) after the name. Pandora just f**ked it up. Or its probably AMG's fault. They have already proved to be tards.
phittydollaz
Fix the BIO, this is no boy band!!!
This is definitely the wrong bio, unless LFO has some affiliations with Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC that I didn't know about. British techno, not a Florida boy band.
"We Are Back!!!!" rockin tune back then, still good and dirty now, we never left though..
shove piggy shove is a fantastic track, keep up the good work, cant wait to hear more (pandora has a bad reputation of playin the same stuff constantly) ;)

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