is a British
vocalist who first gained fame as the featured female vocalist on trip hop
's debut album Maxinquaye
(a printing error credited her as "Martine"). She continued her collaboration with Tricky on his follow-up albums Nearly God
, Pre-Millennium Tension
and Angels with Dirty Faces
Following a falling-out of their professional and personal relationship in 1998, she began pursuing a solo career. It was not until 2003 that she released her debut album Quixotic on Independiente Records mainly produced by Martina and production team AMP9 (Alex McGowan, Steve Crittall, Nick Bird) at Space Eko Recording Studios London. Upon its release, it received rave reviews from critics and was a finalist for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize. The song "Sandpaper Kisses" from the album was featured in the video game Fahrenheit (released in North America as Indigo Prophecy).
The album finally saw a release, of sorts, in the United States in July 2004 when the Palm Pictures label released a re-designed and re-sequenced version with a new title (Anything), a trimmed-down tracklisting and all-new cover art.
Next year she appeared on the Sweetheart 2005 compilation by Starbucks featuring cover love songs. She sang I Only Have Eyes for You, a song by The Flamingos.
Her second solo album, The Blue God, was released in May 2008. The track "Carnies" was released as the first single on 3 March 2008and reached No.20 on the UK Indie Charts. "Poison" was released as the second single and reached No.9 on the Indie Charts.
- 2003 "Need One"
- 2003 "Anything"
- 2003 "I Still Feel"
- 2004 "Soul Food"
- 2008 "Carnies"
- 2008 "Poison"
- 2008 "Baby Blue"
- Topley-Bird is credited as a vocalist on "Conversing Among Misfits", a song from 1998 debut (self-titled) album by Earthlings?. Her performance is hard to hear in the final mix however.
- In 1999 she contributed vocals to tracks 9 and 13 ("Dirty Drowning Man" and "Coattails of a Dead Man") on Primus' album Antipop.
- In 2000, Topley-Bird appeared on David Holmes' album Bow Down to the Exit Sign.
- In 2004, Topley-Bird appeared on "Into the Sun," a track from Diplo's album Florida.
- In 2004, Topley-Bird contributed vocals to "Spoiled," on the Blues Explosion's album Damage.
- In 2005 she made a guest appearance (alongside Roots Manuva) on the Gorillaz track "All Alone", on the album Demon Days.
- In 2006, Topley-Bird appeared on the song "Devil Take My Soul" on the Son of Dave record 02.
- Topley-Bird appears on the song "Marterry" on Leila Arab's MySpace page.
- She contributes vocals on the Saturnalia album by The Gutter Twins ("The Body") (2008)
- In 2008 on her single "Poison", she collaborates again with Roots Manuva and Gorillaz on the B-side track "Soldier Boy".
- In 2007 her song "Dada" was used in the film Virgin Territory.
- Her song "Need One" is featured in an advertisement for H&M on Swedish and Dutch television during fall of 2008.