Monday, 29 March 2010

MM: Anything by Martina Topley-Bird

Martina Topley-Bird first achieved public acclaim for her vocals on Tricky's début album Maxinquaye. She continued to work with the trip-hop pioneer until their professional and personal relationships soured after which she began to pursue a solo career. In 2003 she released her critically acclaimed first album, Quixotic, which appeared a year later in the United States with fewer tracks and the new title Anything. Both versions include the track "Ragga", co-written and produced by Tricky. Despite the positive reviews, Quixotic and the singles it spawned were not great commercial successes.

Her second solo album, The Blue God, was co-produced by Danger Mouse, but only reached the lower reaches of the charts. She has collaborated with other artists, singing on tracks by Gorrilaz, Primus and more recently Massive Attack. Hopefully, her guest vocals will mean that many more people check out her solo work.

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