Billie Ray Martin. A legend and icon of techno music is back with a new single and video! ‘After All’, a cover version of the David Bowie song taken to the dancefloor. The original mix reminds of her Electribe 101 roots, while the Mijk van Dijk and Caesar Gergess Mixes add weirdness (Theremin and Trumpet!) and dance floor value to the release. “The singer is Billie Ray Martin and she’s one of the living legends in modern music history and one of the best voices on planet Earth.” DJ Hell! Welcome back Billie Ray Martin!
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Video directed by: Joern Hartmann
“After All” Four track Digital release / Release date: 13 July 2014 (Germany: 11 July 2014)/ Label: Disco Activisto Records / Catalogue no: DAREC1402 Distribution: billieraymartin.bandcamp.com and all digital stores worldwide
Style: House (Chicago)
“The Nico of the rave generation….” Ben Wood, Bearded Magazine (U.K / Worldwide)
Billie Ray Martin describes herself as “a kid from Hamburg’s Red-Light District, who wanted to be a soul singer, but ended up playing repetitive machine music, while still trying to be a soul singer”.
Kim Ann Foxman (Hercules and Love Affair): “Really nice release!! I’m really feeling the Caesar Gergess mix! its really deep and fresh. i also really like the Mijk van Dijk mixes a lot too! nice one!!! Billie sounds great.”
Dubbed the “queen of electronic soul”, Billie first came to prominence as a guest with S-Express before leading the acclaimed deep house act Electribe 101, producing the classic Talking With Myself. Bursting onto the house scene, Billie continued exploring fusions of electronic music, pop and soul and shortly after releasing “Persuasion” with Spooky and the beautiful “Four Ambient Tales” with The Grid, Billie found herself with a worldwide number 1 in “Your Loving Arms”, now considered one of the all-time classics of dance music. Collaborations with soul legends Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas and members of Aretha Franklin’s band ensued alongside electronic releases with DJ Hell, Slam and a massive hit in the UK and US dance charts with 2008’s Undisco Me.
In 2010, her take on Cabaret Voltaire’s classic album The Crackdown” reinforced her position as an artist who appeals to both cool magazines like Flux, Wound and The Wire as well as the pop mainstream achieving ‘Song of the Day’ status on Popjustice. 2011 saw her release the solo single “Sweet Suburban Disco”, with mixes from Vince Clarke of Yazoo, and the collaborative “Sold Life” EP with Hard Ton, which both attracted support from DJ greats Black Strobe, John Digweed, Laurent Garnier, Kim Ann Foxman (Hercules and Love Affair) The last two years have seen Billie release material with her new project The Opiates, collaborations with Terranova and Hyper Lust, a nomination for most influential woman in ID Magazine supported by Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans, a UK tour which included a gig at HMV Oxford Street and many “album of the year” entries in major music publications.
The Opiates is the latest project from the “queen of electronic soul” Billie Ray Martin, together with Norwegian musician Robert Solheim. Anatomy Of A Plastic Girl was officially released on The Opiates debut album “Hollywood Under The Knife” on Disco Activisto Records on 21st October 2011.
Photos by Joe Maday & Oli Pilcher / Jamie McKleod