Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird return to Bristol

Editor March 6, 2012 0
Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird return to Bristol

Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird will perform Maxinquaye in full for the first time in 15 years at Bristol’s O2 Academy on Thursday 26th June.

As the world has received to great delight; musician, producer and actor, Tricky will reunite on stage with Martina Topley­-Bird – vocalist, songwriter and multi-­instrumentalist for the first time in 15 years to perform, in its entirety, the award-­winning debut album Maxinquaye.

The performance in Bristol is the first gig of the ‘Maxinquaye‘ run and brings these artists back home to the place where their influential collaboration began.

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As performers, Tricky and Martina are probably best known as trail blazers in the Bristol trip­‐hop scene of the early 1990s, and the album Maxinquaye helped define ‘The Bristol Sound.’ Tricky first came to the public’s attention performing and co-­‐writing on three tracks from Massive Attack’s critically acclaimed and multi-­platinum debut recording Blue Lines (1991). Expanding on the sonic template of his fellow Bristolians, and featuring Martina on vocals, Maxinquaye is a dark, mysterious album featuring a combination of hip‐hop, soul, dub, rock and electronica. Alison Goldfrapp also featured on the track Pumpkin.

Signed to Island Records, Maxinquaye was a UK top 3 album success, selling in excess of 500,000 copies worldwide. This seminal album was also a critical success being ranked number 1 on both the NME & the Melody Makers Top Albums of 1995 and was shortlisted for the 1995 Mercury Prize. It was also placed highly in Q’s 100 Greatest British albums, Mojo’s 100 Modern Classics and Rolling Stone’s “Essential Recordings of the 90s”, amongst others.

Tricky would later go on to collaborate with musical dignitaries such as Bjork, PJ Harvey, Mos Def, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Grace Jones and Yoko Ono. 2012 will see Tricky collaborate with some surprising artists including hotly tipped newcomer producer/dj Maya Jane Coles.

To date, he has released 9 critically acclaimed studio albums, performing in over 30 countries around the world from heads of states to kids from the streets. His tenth album is currently in gestation and pencilled for release at the end of 2012. We have heard the demos and album 10 might be the most interesting yet…

Aside from his various solo music projects, a number of Tricky’s tracks have been used in films including; Face Off, Bully and The Crow: City of Angels as well as TV shows such as Skins, The O.C., Without A Trace, Smallville, The West Wing, Scrubs and 24.

Tricky has also acted in various film and TV productions. Tricky’s on-­‐screen credits include starring alongside Gary Oldham in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. Tricky has also directed his own short film Brown Punk which cast Tricky alongside Elliot Gould.

Martina has also enjoyed great success as a solo artist releasing 3 critically acclaimed albums; Quixotic, which was shortlisted for the coveted Mercury music award,

The Blue God (produced by Danger Mouse and featuring Josh Klinghoffer, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) andSome Place Simple, where Martina and her NinJa cohort played all the instruments.

She has also collaborated with many varied and internationally acclaimed artists including all of the members of Queens of the Stone Age, Diplo, Common, Tom Waits and Gorillaz. Most recently she co-­‐ wrote and sang the tracks ‘Psyche’ and ‘Babel’ on the Massive Attack release, Heliogland. Martina was also the featured vocalist on the 16-­‐month world tour promoting the album.

Many artists have recorded and performed versions of her work. Twilight Singers and Neneh Cherry have recorded versions of her track Too Tuff To Die from the album Quixotic. Sandpaper Kisses from the same album, has been reinterpreted by Stephen Marley and most recently by The Weekend on the track The Birds pt2. After the freeform experience of Tricky, Martina sought a more structured musical environment and gradually stripped back songs to their essential raw ingredients culminating in the fresh earthy sounds of Some Place Simple. Now longing for the freedom of instinctive music making and with a wealth of experience to draw upon Martina is developing a fresh and exciting new live electronic project, set to debut this summer… so stay tuned.

Undoubtedly, 2012 is set for a very special moment in time.

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