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Martina Topley-Bird

Because of a printing error on Maxinquaye, Martina Topley-Bird has often been referred to as "Martine," an error the unpredictable, low-profile, and confusion-loving singer/songwriter didn't bother correcting. The woman Vibe referred to as "the black Dietrich of Soul" grew up in London and went to schools that were mostly white and middle class. Being the odd one out suited Martina just fine; in fact, it was an environment she thrived in. A chance meeting with Tricky led to a relationship, both romantic and musical. Martina's ethereal voice mixed well with Tricky's gruff style, sounding like a siren calling listeners into a dark world. She played a large role on Tricky's debut, Maxinquaye, along with the follow-ups Nearly God and Pre-Millennium Tension.

The relationship eventually cooled down to platonic and Martina looked to strike out professionally on her own. She spent most of 2002 working on her debut, producing it herself with some help from Tricky and Alex McGowan. The appropriately named Quixotic hit the shelves in the U.K. in 2003, with guest appearances from DJ/producer David Holmes, Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme, and former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan. Critics loved it, so much so that it was a 2003 finalist for the U.K.'s esteemed Mercury Prize, but it failed to find release in America. With help from Martina, Palm Pictures "re-designed and re-sequenced" the album and released it as Anything in the summer of 2004. During a four-year hiatus, she collaborated with Diplo, Gorillaz, and Son of Dave. She returned to recording proper in 2008 with the Danger Mouse-produced retro-sounding yet experimental album The Blue God. After an international tour, Topley-Bird released Some Place Simple in 2010 on Damon Albarn's Honest Jon's imprint. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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Absolutely love love love this song every time it comes on I check to see who it is. I have listened to Tricky for 17 years and have always loved him but never thought to much to read up on the females in his songs until recently! He is genius!
Beutiful Track ! Little funk psycadelic vibes. Sorry betitio58, if its not for you its not for you. For everyone else whom enjoys this track, check out the Stephen Marley sample of it.
Interesting artist I would love to talk to her at a party if possible, popular in the UK but not in the states and I'm trying to consider the two slightly different cultures at work here.
Such a beautiful and sensual voice. Incredibley unique sound and woman!
elliotthomei n s p e c t i o n
Love this style music and Martina is perfect for it.
Sanpaper Kisses.
Have listen to her and found her dull, bland, and unimpressive . Her singing voice is weak and undistinctiv e , sounding like any other 10 cents a dozen female singers. The compositions and arrangements are nothing shor of mundane. I wish I could find something nice to write, but that would be pushing it too far.
uhm, why dont they have her Blue God album on here? its her definitive piece!
She is a cool live. Pretty dope.
Sand paper kisses is so sultry. I love her and her voice. Very etheric..bea u t i f u l
divamisslani
love.
love.
@jasmine... which i'm sure you'll never even know i wrote this but, its an insult to say martina sounds like erica badu because the first i heard of martina was with tricky on maxinquaye( album 1995) and her sound now is exactly what it was then. its her own unique sound that sets her apart. erica badu is dynamic! i love her too... but please, don't pretend you don't hear the genius in martina!
She has a fabulous voice!! I need to listen to her more often....
She's so hot
Marrero, most trip-hop singers dont get the credit they deserve. If you have ever listened to girls like Esthero, tell me please how she isnt bigger than the biggest stars out there. Most of the time these bands write their own music which is way more than I can say for the Britney's of the world. Its a travesty that they arent more popular.
homicidal_ch i n c h i l l a
i'll always love tricky, but martina is apparently who i fell in love with all those years ago. damn, i just didn't know...
Sounds like Erika Badu (no disrespect if I messed up in the spelling).. It's just ok.
marrero52182
Martina Topley Bird has one of the most incredible and distinct voices around. I think it's a shame she doesn't get more airplay than she does and isn't more well known. She deserves much more recoginition than she gets!
If it wasn't for Martina, Goldfrapp wouldn't be. But Goldfrapp is much better than Maxinquaye. Thanks Martina!
i guess its ok

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