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Return of the Queen of Electronica!

Miss Billie Ray's avant garde persona and often provocative, frankly challenging image have kept her at a cult level for the better part of her twenty year career. But those devoted fans have remained fiercely loyal; eagerly waiting for a proper follow-up to her 1995 debut and 18 CARAT GARBAGE more than delivered! The sound is retro Soul making love to dark, moody Electronica while one of modern music's finest Female Vocalists washes over the collection in all her warm, husky Alto beauty; Billie sounds as if she'd been born in Muscle Shoals rather than West Germany. Somewhere, in an alternate universe, this was No.1 for half a year and produced no less than two No.1 singles: the lost Dusty epic "I've Never Been to Memphis" and the blistering title track.

An underrated Artist!

Along with her major debut “Deadline for My Memories”, this sophomore effort is as good as her first one. She’s a great soulful singer.


Born: Hamburg, Germany

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Techno diva Billie Ray Martin was born and raised in Hamburg, spending her teen years in London and Berlin; initially influenced by '60s soul and early '80s industrial, during the mid-'80s she led a Motown-inspired soul band dubbed Billie and the Deep, gaining her first exposure on the Berlin club circuit. After moving back to England in 1987, she formed the techno-pop group Electribe 101, scoring a series of club hits including "Talking with Myself." Eventually going solo, Martin debuted in 1995...
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