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Billie Ray Martin

Billie Ray Martin should have been a big star. In the mid-nineties, after the demise of the critically adored Electribe 101, Ms. Martin struck gold withe the UK top ten record Your Loving Arms, a song which cracked the US Top 40 and reached #1 on the Billboard Dance chart.

Martin has never captured the success of that early record, which is a shame, since her albums have gotten consistently stronger. Her voice is of the same intensity as Aretha Franklin and that is even more impressive when you realize it is coming from a small German woman. Calling London her home once again Billie launches a new club night Wednesday called Komputerliebe, downstairs at 43 South Molton.

Like Boy George before her, Billie is now embracing djing and promises electronic music for the connoisseur. Those in London should check it out. Those not lucky enough to attend should rediscover Martin’s back catalog.