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    How LFO’s ‘Frequencies’ became a benchmark for ’90s bleep techno

    Sometime around the early ’90s, rave music went from being ecstatic and benevolent to malevolent and terrifying. Maybe it was the drugs. Maybe it was the police crackdowns. But music that had once strived for a promised land had shifted its gaze.

    Leeds duo LFO — aka the late Mark Bell and Gez Varley — weren’t really a rave band, despite the popularity of their debut single ‘LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)’ on 1990’s rave scene. But the duo’s debut album, ‘Frequencies’, seemed to perfectly encapsulate dance music’s shift to the dark side on its release in 1991. Put bluntly, there was something elegantly terrifying in LFO’s music, a mixture of beautifully somber synth melodies, speaker-cracking bass and…

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