2019 American Music Awards

Remembering Mark Bell: His Top 10 Productions

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Mark Bell of LFO performing in 2003.

The music world mourned the death of pioneering producer Mark Bell, reportedly following complications from an operation. A key acid house advocate and Warp Records staple, Bell was best known for being a member of British electronic act LFO and producing seminal Björk and Depeche Mode albums.

Bjork & Depeche Mode Producer Mark Bell Has Died

In honor of his work, Billboard recounts 10 of Bell's finest productions, from his own group's work to the classic album cuts he helped create behind the console.

1. LFO – "LFO"
LFO derived its name from a synthesizer circuit known as a low frequency oscillator, which is commonly used to modulate other audio signals. While few who purchased the group's eponymous debut single likely understood that, cryptic meanings couldn't stop the song from hitting No. 12 on the U.K. singles chart and becoming an integral release of the acid house era.

2. Björk – "Amphibian" (Mark Bell remix)
Bell paints a tantalizing dreamscape on his reinterpretation of the Vespertine single by setting the singer's sliced-up vocal harmonies adrift between pulsing strings and thoughtful chimes.

3. Björk – "Hunter"
Bell can lay claim to one of the most critically acclaimed Björk singles of all time in this delightfully haunting and deceivingly minimal cut from iconic album Homogenic.

4. Björk – "Jóga"
In another unforgettable Homogenic effort, Bell's cinematic string arrangement on the album's lead single never fails to give goose bumps.

5. Radiohead – "Planet Telex" (LFO JD remix)
On their dissonant trip-hop rework of The Bends album opener, LFO slices and dices Thom Yorke's vocals above churning rhythms and squealing synth stabs in what would be remembered as a statement remix.

6. Depeche Mode – "Dream On"
The vocal-driven lead single from 2001's Exciter was also its most successful, hitting No. 1 in Germany, Italy and Spain.

7. LFO – "Freak"
Revived to soundtrack the opening credits of Gaspar Noé's film Enter the Void in 2010, the lead single from LFO's parting 2003 album, Sheath, features a monstrous sawtooth bass and crunchy vocals that speak to Bell's versatility as a producer.

8. Björk – "Declare Independence"
On Volta's third single, Bell helped Björk give birth to a song that has continually emerged as a lightning rod for controversy. Urging listeners to open their eyes, create their own currencies and raise their own flags, its politically charged performances have unsurprisingly been met with cold receptions from such countries as China and Serbia.

9. Deltron 3030 – "Turbulence" (Mark Bell remix)
In a bit of a quirky change-up from the rest of his catalog, Bell lent his talents to the hip-hop supergroup comprised of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala. Interspersing rollicking broken beats with squelching synthesizer interludes, the rework takes Automator's dystopian original into far more playful territory.

10. LFO – "Love Is the Message"
Björk tweeted this track shortly following news of Bell's death, and the skittish vocal electronica tune remains one of the more underrated numbers in LFO's catalog.


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