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11. OCTOBER 2021 - BANDCAMP STORY AND TOUR
Martina will be touring the UK and Ireland in spring 2022! Check out the tourdates section for details. You can buy a special VIP ticket on Bandcamp for 60£ including guest list entry plus one, high quality download of Forever I Wait and one piece of signed merchandise.
Bandcamp also featured a Martina Topey-Bird story (which is basically a short interview), go here to check it out.
14. MAY 2021 - MARTINA IS BACK!
Martina has released a new single: "Pure Heart". You can listen to it on different platforms following this link or buy it on Amazon or iTunes. It was co-produced by Robert Del Naja and Euan Dickinson. I've added the single to the discography.
An album with the title "Forever I wait" will follow on September 10th. It will have 12 tracks and more collaborations with Robert Del Naja, also with Rich Morel, Christoffer Berg, Benjamin Boeldt and Tiadiad. About the recording process she said:
„I had to recalibrate/reconfigure my way of relating to music and the music industry in order to make the record I wanted to make.…and that took time. And I took the time I needed. I started in London, moved and lived in America for the first time in my life, then briefly moved back to London and finished the record in Spain.”
Here's the tracklisting for the record:
1. Pure Heart
14. APRIL 2020 - MILLENIAL HEART
This is old, but nevertheless: Martina sings on "Millennial heart" by Rich Morel. You can listen to it on You Tube. I've added it to the collaborations discography.
10. AUGUST 2019 - SAD NEWS ABOUT MARTINA'S DAUGHTER
Tricky and Martina announced in May that their daughter Mina Mazy Topley-Bird died at the age of 24 on May 8. According to Mina's bandmates from Collective 404 she commited suicide: "As some of you may know she had long struggled with her mental health, and recently tragically took her own life. Mina was a beautiful soul; brave, caring, and immensely strong. Through her music she is eternal and will never be forgotten.” (NME). Tricky posted a video on You Tube as a tribute to her on May 28. It features her song "When you go", released on his album "Adrian Thaws" in 2014. He wrote:
"I thought I knew what loss was, but now my daughter is gone I realise I had no idea what it was after all. It feels like I'm in a world that doesn't exist, knowing nothing will ever be the same again. No words or text can really explain - my soul feels empty. Mazy Mina, my daughter, had two names - some people called her Mazy, some people called her Mina. She had an amazing talent for singing and songwriting; songs which will be finished and heard. Your words and songs will live on, I will make sure they do. I haven't had the strength to even look at a picture of you until now - people will hear your voice and songs. All my heart - what's left of it. Love you Mazy Mina, Dad"
Martina added: "Sweet baby, life won’t be the same without you." (Pitchfork, it seems to be deleted from the original posting of the video and on Facebook?)
25. OCTOBER 2018 - NEW MATERIAL LIVE
Martina played some of her new songs at the Koktebel Jazz Festival in August! These are the new tracks she played:
- Twelve o'clock (formerly Massive Attack live song "Clock Forward")
You can watch the whole show on You Tube. She opened with Aftermath and also played Overcome, so it wasn't all new, but also very old :)
I've added the setlist to the concertography, go here to take a look.
22. JUNE 2018 - SINGLE "SOLITUDE" FOR DOWNLOAD
Martina released a new single called "Solitude" last week, and now you can finally buy the single at Bandcamp!
15. JUNE 2018 - SINGLE "SOLITUDE" & UPCOMING EP
Martina's new single is out today! The name changed from "Untie" to "Solitude". You can listen to the full song on her official website, but I couldn't find any place to buy it. A four track EP will be released later with the name "MTB Conutinued".
14. JUNE 2018 - SINGLE "UNTIE"
Martina announced on Instagram and her official website that she will release a single called "Untie" on June 15! I couldn't find any more info on formats, b-sides or whatever. Probably it will be a one-track download single. More news tomorrow! Meanwhile there is a preview on Soundcloud.
10. JUNE 2018 - NEW ALBUM & KOKTEBEL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Martina announced on Instagram that she will release new material on June 14! According to her official website, it will be an EP called "MTB Continued". She will also be headlining the Koktebel Jazz Festival in Odessa (Ukraine) on August 18. According to the official festival website this will be her only appearance at summer festivals.
5. APRIL 2018 - NEW MATERIAL SOON? NEW WEBSITE & YOU TUBE CHANNEL!
It has been really quiet around Martina, but now she announced on Instagram that she will be "sharing new music". She also has an official You Tube Channel now, so probably she will share new material there! It has all kinds of live performances, interviews and official videos with Tricky, so check it out. Also her official website is back again with a new design! At first I thought there is nothing on there, but in the top right corner there is a little menu sign and when you click on it, you have different sections. In "about" you can read at the end: "Now splitting her time between Baltimore, London, and Valencia, Martina has been working on new music.... to be released in 2018."
Meanwhile I've found three older song that were missing from the collaborations discography: Son Of Dave feat. Martina: Hot Summer Nights (go here), Clark feat. Martina: Henderson Swooping and Clark feat. Martina: Secret Show Show, both on the "Fantasm Planes" EP (go here). The collaborations discography is also updated in general with new links and more details.
15. JULY 2017 - SONG WITH TRICKY
Tricky just released a song with Martina! It's called 'When we die' and is released as a digital single, it will also be on his next album 'Ununiform', released September 22. Check out the Tricky collaborations discography for details.
20. JANUARY 2016 - MARTINA ON TOUR WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
Martina just started a European tour with Massive Attack! Check out the tourdates for details, they will play mostly in the UK, Germany and Netherlands...
2. NOVEMBER 2015 - MARTINA & THE PRODIGY
I must admit I missed that, so sorry if this is a bit late: Martina recorded a track with The Prodigy called "The Day Is My Enemy", listen to it on You Tube. It was released in January as a download single and in March as an album. I've also updated the collaborations discography.
1. NOVEMBER 2015 - ALBUM WITH PATTI YANG
It has been very quiet, but finally there's some recording activity from Martina! A recent article about Patti Yang mentions that Patti and Martina are writing an album together! Patti Yang is "a trip hop and electronic songstress from London", her last release is the song "Anonymous Face" (listen to it on Soundcloud).
14. SEPTEMBER 2014 - LIVE VIDEO
Not really news, but it's been a while since I wrote something here. Martina toured this summer with Massive Attack, here is a performance of Crystalised at the Gurten Festival with Bastian Baker.
7. JULY 2014 - MARTINA ON TOUR!
Martina is currently touring with Massive Attack! Check out all the tourdates here.
11. NOVEMBER 2013 - CRYSTALISED SINGLE AND VIDEO
Martina's collaboration with Mark Lanegan - Crystalised - is now officially released on 12" with remixes, there is also a video for it! Watch the video here, see details at the videography.
I've also added an older collaboration from 2006 to the discography (Ozark Henry - We were never alone).
[Thanks to Ferdinand for this info!]
2013 - MISC. NEWS OLD AND NEW
2010 - LIVE ALBUM, STUDIO ALBUM AND CONCERTS
2010 - TWO SONGS
2009 - SONG WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
2009 - COLLABORATION WITH LUCIANO
According to her official website Martina will join Massive Attack on their upcoming tour, not only as support act, but also as a guest vocalist. She will probably sing the song "Red Light" (see below), but maybe even more??? The tour starts in September, check out the full list of dates in the tour section.
2009 - SONG WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
2009 - LIVE VIDEO
2008 - MARTINA TOUR
2008 - H&M and Melody Nelson concert in Paris
2008 - BABY BLUE
2008 - BBC SHOW
2008 - BABY BLUE
2008 - TOUR & TV
2008 - NOT REALLY NEWS, MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS
2008 - VIDEO INTERVIEW
2008 - LONDON'S CALLING
2008 -BLUE GODDESS
- POISON RELEASED!
2008 - FESTIVALS AND OTHER NEWS
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