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Billie Ray Martion
Former S’Express singer Billie Ray Martin releases her new single Sweet Suburban Disco on Mar 28th. 
Already a huge track in the club scene in German the single promises to re-establish Billie in the UK.

Billie Ray Martin’s long awaited follow-up to her 2008 international club hit “Undisco Me' is finally released. Reinventing Italo Disco was the goal, but with a unique sound.  Billie and co-producer Mike Vamp of Maertini Broes deliver an almost laid back yet dancefloor-bound pop fest in the form of Sweet Suburban Disco. 

Angst on the Suburban Dancefloor is the theme, as only Billie Ray Martin, 'the Nico of the rave generation', as one magazine called her, can deliver it. Enhanced by mixes from Yazoo maestro Vince Clarke and Horse Meat Disco giant Severino, as well as mixes by Luke Solomon and Ray Grant, this package delivers the BRM goodies once again.

“…warm and analogue just how we like it! '' Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve

''Fantastic!…Love the Vince Clark mix” RnB Tug

Dubbed the "queen of electronic soul", Billie Ray Martin first came to prominence leading the acclaimed deep house act Electribe 101, her unique voice hitting both the house scene and the charts with a strong infusion of soul. Electribe 101 scored a brace of hits including the classic "Talking With Myself" before Billie departed to continue exploring fusions of electronic music, pop and soul. After releasing the thoroughly scary "Persuasion" with Spooky and the monumentally 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. Three more hits and the album "Deadline for My Memories" followed.

Since then Billie has worked with Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas and members of Aretha Franklin's band on her album "18 Carat Garbage", and has continued to release cutting edge electronic productions, including hit collaborations with DJ Hell and Slam and solo releases such as 2008's "Undisco Me" which hit the top spots in the UK and US dance charts.

Billie's epic "Crackdown Project" released in 2010, featuring her takes on the Cabaret Voltaire classic album "The Crackdown", reinforced her unique position as an artist who appeals to the both the uber-cool Flux Magazine, Wound and The Wire as well as the pop mainstream achieving 'Song of the Day' status at Popjustice.  15,000 downloads in a matter of days, plus overwhelming press and DJ feedback confirmed her vision.

While Billie is currently working on a new solo album, her project The Opiates with musician Robert Solheim (dubbed "the Carpenters of electro" by the press) will release their album "Hollywood Under The Knife" in Spring 2011. Featuring artwork  by Turner-prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans, who has photographed Billie twice before and nominated her as one of the 25 most influential women in i-D Magazine.

She continues to run her record label, Disco Activisto, in Berlin and DJs around the world with growing success.

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