German-born Billie Ray Martin made a sensational professional debut as the lead singer for groundbreaking techno-house group Electribe 101 in 1989. It could be said that Electribe 101 were the first group to successfully give warmth and complex emotion to the otherwise mundane and cold genre. Martin's vocalizations rely heavily on an admiration for vintage American soul, and she expertly delivers some trademark Aretha licks on Electribe's only album "Electribal Memories". She scored a worldwide club hit in 1995 with "Your Loving Arms" and it's follow up single "Imitation of Life" is one the most intensely emotional techno tracks you will ever hear. Her 1995 album "Deadline For My Memories" scored okay in Europe but failed to rally the Yanks, and her career has been Euro-based since. She has taken to working with underground producers and composers, though she did journy to Memphis to record some down-home tracks (and work with the great Ann Peebles, HI records diva of the early 70's who brought us the first version of "I Can't Stand the Rain"). These days Billie is launching a tongue-in-cheek DJ career that has actually garnered some critical nods and continues to pursue her many interests in all of the arts: she frequently writes columns for nightlife publications and is an excellent "blogger". Her soulful and earthy vocalizations are matched by a razor-sharp wit and an unabashed (some would say quite German) avante-garde sensibility.

Annotation last modified on 2006-03-03 14:42 UTC.

Legal name: Birgit Dieckmann

Also performs as: Hot Skates 3000



1995Deadline for My MemoriesBillie Ray Martin4
200218 Carat GarbageBillie Ray Martin1

Album + Compilation

2013The Crackdown Project, Volume 1 & 2 (Sold Out to disco / Darkness Restored)Billie Ray Martin Feat. Stephen Mallinder, Märtini Brös. & Lusty Zanzibar1

Album + Remix

2006Recycled GarbageBillie Ray Martin1


19934 Ambient TalesBillie Ray Martin2
1995Your Loving ArmsBillie Ray Martin4
1996Running Around TownBillie Ray Martin2
1996Space OasisBillie Ray Martin1
1999HoneyBillie Ray Martin3
2001Systems of SilenceBillie Ray Martin1
2001I've Never Been to MemphisBillie Ray Martin2
2002PersuasionSpooky & Billie Ray Martin3
2002I'm Not KeenMikael Delta with Billie Ray Martin3
2003Disco Activisto: The First Two SinglesBillie Ray Martin1
2005Je Regrette EverythingHell feat. Billie Ray Martin2
2011Sweet Suburban DiscoBillie Ray Martin1
2014Off the RailsBillie Ray Martin & Aérea Negrot1
Imitation of LifeBillie Ray Martin1
Where Fools Rush InBillie Ray Martin1
You and I (Keep Holding On)Billie Ray Martin2

Single + Remix

2012Hyper Lust - Pfirter and Monoloc RemixesMOTOR feat. Billie Ray Martin1


1996Your Loving Arms (The Remix E.P.)Billie Ray Martin1

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