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Martina Topley-Bird


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Martina Topley-Bird is a vocalist from Shepherds Bush West London, United Kingdom, who first gained fame as the female vocalist on pioneer Tricky’s (Adrian Thaws) debut album, Maxinquaye, (a printing error credited her as “Martine”). She continued her collaboration with Tricky on his follow-up album Pre-Millennium Tension as well as his Nearly God side-project. Topley-Bird had a child, Maisie, with Thaws.

In 1998, following a falling-out of her professional and personal relationship with Tricky, Topley-Bird began pursuing a solo career; however, it was not until 2003 that she released her debut solo album, Quixotic, on Independiente Records. (Tricky appears on one track, Ragga, as producer and guest vocalist.) Upon its release, Quixotic received rave reviews from critics, and was a finalist for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize. Need One, Anything, I Still Feel and Soul Food were released as singles in the UK. In Brazil, the song Lullaby was used in the campaign for the juice powder Clight. The song Sandpaper Kisses is featured on the soundtrack of the video game Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in the United States).

The album finally saw a release, of sorts, in the United States in July 2004 when the Palme Pictures label released a “re-designed and re-sequenced” version with a new title (Anything), a trimmed-down tracklisting and all-new cover art.


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