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"DMC Update Mag"

SINGLE OF THE WEEK – 5 *****
BILLIE RAY MARTIN "UNDISCO ME" (REBIRTH)
“This is a long overdue and more than welcome return of one of thee voices of dance music. Billie Ray Martin first took club goers on a soulful high in 1989 with the absolute deep classic “Talking With Myself” which she made with Electribe 101. A few years later she turned up on the legendary Guerilla Records alongside Spooky, causing a bit of controversy with a cover of Throbbing Gristle’s “Persuasion”. Billie Ray Martin soon signed to East West and scored a worldwide number 1 with “Your Loving Arms”. Since then she has done her own thing, and collaborated with quite a few. Well now she’s back with a new album, and if it’s along the lines of this single, there’s gonna be no stopping her. In its original mix “Undisco Me” has got a slight retro feel, taking you back to those heady Balearic times, bringing a certain DJ Essentials Inc / Lisa Stansfield bootleg to mind, only Billie has done it better, never being afraid to take a chance and push forward, “Undisco Me” is properly out there, giving house the kick up the arse it so desperately needed. A quality set of remixes come from Peter Jurgens, Edison and Acid Jacks. Billie Ray Martin is the thinking man’s diva and she can walk up & down my back anytime.”

Dean Thatcher, DMC Update Mag (U.K. / worldwide) - Dean Thatcher


"DMC Update Mag"

SINGLE OF THE WEEK – 5 *****
BILLIE RAY MARTIN "UNDISCO ME" (REBIRTH)
“This is a long overdue and more than welcome return of one of thee voices of dance music. Billie Ray Martin first took club goers on a soulful high in 1989 with the absolute deep classic “Talking With Myself” which she made with Electribe 101. A few years later she turned up on the legendary Guerilla Records alongside Spooky, causing a bit of controversy with a cover of Throbbing Gristle’s “Persuasion”. Billie Ray Martin soon signed to East West and scored a worldwide number 1 with “Your Loving Arms”. Since then she has done her own thing, and collaborated with quite a few. Well now she’s back with a new album, and if it’s along the lines of this single, there’s gonna be no stopping her. In its original mix “Undisco Me” has got a slight retro feel, taking you back to those heady Balearic times, bringing a certain DJ Essentials Inc / Lisa Stansfield bootleg to mind, only Billie has done it better, never being afraid to take a chance and push forward, “Undisco Me” is properly out there, giving house the kick up the arse it so desperately needed. A quality set of remixes come from Peter Jurgens, Edison and Acid Jacks. Billie Ray Martin is the thinking man’s diva and she can walk up & down my back anytime.”

Dean Thatcher, DMC Update Mag (U.K. / worldwide) - Dean Thatcher


"Noize Magazine"

“Billie’s been a milestone and innovator in the world of dance music for nearly 20 years now and remains one of the few artists who can pull off a return that challenges the genre’s current royalty.”

Jamie Nicholes, Noize Magazine (U.S. / worldwide) - Jamie Nicholes


"Noize Magazine"

“Billie’s been a milestone and innovator in the world of dance music for nearly 20 years now and remains one of the few artists who can pull off a return that challenges the genre’s current royalty.”

Jamie Nicholes, Noize Magazine (U.S. / worldwide) - Jamie Nicholes


"The Wire"

“Billie Ray Martin is an absolute revelation.”

Ken Hollings, The Wire (U.K. / worldwide) - Ken Hollings


"The Wire"

“Billie Ray Martin is an absolute revelation.”

Ken Hollings, The Wire (U.K. / worldwide) - Ken Hollings


"I-DJ Magazine"

“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, I-DJ Magazine (U.K. / worldwide) - DJ Hell


"I-DJ Magazine"

“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, I-DJ Magazine (U.K. / worldwide) - DJ Hell


"The Skinny (Glasgow magazine)"

“The high priestess of electronic soul… her voice is unmistakable – ridden with drama and soul – sounding like Marlene Dietrich by way of Diamanda Galas.”

Gregor Laird, The Skinny (Glasgow magazine) - Gregor Laird


"The Skinny (Glasgow magazine)"

“The high priestess of electronic soul… her voice is unmistakable – ridden with drama and soul – sounding like Marlene Dietrich by way of Diamanda Galas.”

Gregor Laird, The Skinny (Glasgow magazine) - Gregor Laird


"Metro newspaper"

“Avant-garde Deutsche diva Billie Ray Martin’s sublime vocals and catchy, industrial post-punk disco…”

Keith Barker-Main, Metro newspaper (U.K.) - Keith Barker-Main


"Metro newspaper"

“Avant-garde Deutsche diva Billie Ray Martin’s sublime vocals and catchy, industrial post-punk disco…”

Keith Barker-Main, Metro newspaper (U.K.) - Keith Barker-Main


"Gigwise"

“Full of soul and emotion… the songs creep into your consciousness and before you know it have taken over your motor functions. Oozing sex with great electro bleeps and an orgasmic vocal delivery… a real success.”

Sean Slingsby, Gigwise (online) - Sean Slingsby


"Gigwise"

“Full of soul and emotion… the songs creep into your consciousness and before you know it have taken over your motor functions. Oozing sex with great electro bleeps and an orgasmic vocal delivery… a real success.”

Sean Slingsby, Gigwise (online) - Sean Slingsby


"Unpeeled Magazine"

“Something like Amanda Lear ganging up with Laurie Anderson to kidnap a low-key echo of “The Day Before You Came”, an Abba track. Is it any good? Yes, very.”

Unpeeled Magazine (U.K. / worldwide) - Unpeeled Magazine


"Unpeeled Magazine"

“Something like Amanda Lear ganging up with Laurie Anderson to kidnap a low-key echo of “The Day Before You Came”, an Abba track. Is it any good? Yes, very.”

Unpeeled Magazine (U.K. / worldwide) - Unpeeled Magazine


"Subba-Cultcha"

“A bleep-fest of epic proportions, which really serves as yet another vehicle for Martin’s butter-soaked soul…”

Subba-Cultcha (online magazine) - Subba-Cultcha


"Subba-Cultcha"

“A bleep-fest of epic proportions, which really serves as yet another vehicle for Martin’s butter-soaked soul…”

Subba-Cultcha (online magazine) - Subba-Cultcha


"Electric Roulette"

“It’s the sound of dance music before the circus came to town.”

Electric Roulette (online magazine) - Electric Roulette


"Electric Roulette"

“It’s the sound of dance music before the circus came to town.”

Electric Roulette (online magazine) - Electric Roulette


Discography

1989 - TALKING WITH MYSELF as Electribe 101 (single)
1989 - TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED as Electribe 101 (single)
1989 - HEY MUSIC LOVER as S'Express (single)
1990 - ELECTRIBAL MEMORIES as Electribe 101 (album)
1990 - YOU'RE WALKING as Electribe 101 (single)
1990 - INSIDE OUT as Electribe 101 (single)
1990 - IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE as Julian Johah (single)
1993 - FOUR AMBIENT TALES (EP)
1993 - PERSUASION as Spooky & Billie Ray Martin (single)
1993 - DEVOTION as Datura (single)
1993 - ETERNITY as Datura (album - featuring in 3 tracks)
1994 - YOUR LOVING ARMS (single)
1994 - SKY HIGH as Individual (single)
1995 - RUNNING AROUND TOWN (single)
1995 - MYSTIC MOTION as Datura (single)
1996 - DEADLINE FOR MY MEMORIES (album)
1996 - IMITATION OF LIFE (single)
1996 - SPACE OASIS (single)
1996 - YOU AND I (KEEP HOLDING ON) (single)
1999 - HONEY (single)
2001 - I'VE NEVER BEEN TO MEMPHIS (single)
2001 - 18 CARAT GARBAGE (album)
2001 - WHERE FOOLS RUSH IN (single)
2002 - THE 18 CARAT GARBAGE DEMOS (album)
2002 - RECYCLED GARBAGE (album)
2002 - I'M NOT KEEN as Mikael Delta with Billie Ray Martin (single)
2003 - NO BRAKES ON MY ROLLERSKATES as Hot Skates 3000 (single)
2003 - DEAD AGAIN (single)
2003 - BRM NEW DEMOS (single)
2005 - BRIGHT LIGHTS FADING as Slam feat. Billie Ray Martin (single)
2005 - JE REGRETTE EVERYTHING as Hell feat. Billie Ray Martin (single)
2007 - UNDISCO ME (single)
2008 - ANATOMY OF A PLASTIC GIRL as The Opiates (EP)

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The non-stop Electronic Cabaret of Billie Ray Martin

"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

“Billie Ray Martin is the thinking man’s diva, never being afraid to take a chance and push forward.” Dean Thatcher

Dubbed “the Queen of electronic soul”, Billie Ray Martin first came to prominence leading the acclaimed deep house act Electribe 101, her unique voice leaving critics struggling to find words to match its beauty. Electribe 101 scored a series of hits including the classic “Talking With Myself” before Billie departed to continue exploring fusions of electronic music and soul. After releasing the thoroughly scary “Persuasion” and the monumentally beautiful “Four Ambient Tales”, Billie found herself with a worldwide number one in “Your Loving Arms”, now regarded as one of the all-time classics of dance music. Three more hits and the album “Deadline for My Memories” followed, allowing Billie to tour extensively.

Since then Billie has worked with Ann Peebles and Carla Thomas, together with Al Green’s and Aretha Franklin's musicians on her album "18 Carat Garbage", developing and to a point perfecting her dream of “Memphis meets Deutschland”.

She followed this with a series of acclaimed singles and collaborations – from her own “Dead Again” and “No Brakes On My Rollerskates” to “Je Regrette Everything” with DJ Hell and “Bright Lights Fading” with Scottish duo Slam, resulting in an abundance of renewed media praise and dance chart entries. In Summer 2005, Billie starting taking to the decks with the launch of her own London clubnight “Komputerliebe”, which she is relaunching on the 29th of August 08 in Frankfurt. As DJ, Billie delivers a distinctive and spot-on set of cutting-edge new Electro-Tech. The growing response to her DJing has led to bookings taking her across the UK and worldwide, generating a frenzied reaction wherever she plays.

Billie is currently working on her new solo album, which she describes as the ultimate pop-fest, with more than a cutting-edge twist. The first single “Undisco Me”, a Moroder-fest released in May 2007 on Rebirth, was the highest new entry on the UK club charts and hit the top 10 of all the cool cuts and buzz charts, receiving an overload of praise and plays. It is now taking off in the U.S. having just entered the Billboard dance charts at number 35. The follow-up single is nearing completion.

Meanwhile, Billie is part of a new project. Under the banner of The Opiates, they have finished perfecting their album “Hollywood Under The Knife”. With a rare match of songwriting and cutting-edge beats and bleeps, they have already been dubbed “the Carpenters of electro”. The Opiates made their live debut at Rough Trade, Brick Lane, London in March this year, to coincide with their first release “Anatomy Of A Plastic Girl E.P.”, out on Kudos UK.

They already count DJs such as HELL and Mark Moore among their fans.

Autumn 2008 will see the release of the song ‘Silver Machine’, again with HELL, on his new album to be released on Gigolo records.

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