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Martina Topley Bird - Need One


Story: Jack Foley

A LONG time has passed since Martina Topley Bird helped to redefine music with her then partner, Tricky, on the acclaimed album, Maxinquaye, as well as the LPs which followed.

But now she is back, with a debut solo album, Quixotic, due for release later this year, and first single, Need One, generating a fair amount of buzz around the industry.

Co-written and co-produced by Martina, Need One features Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan from US alternative rockers, Queens of the Stone Age, with Josh on guitar and ex-Screaming Tree’s man, Mark, providing additional vocals.

The result has been described as an intoxicating brew of Martina’s evocative bluesy vocals, swirling guitars and a dynamic mix of live and programmed beats.

It provides an excellent tasteer of what to expect from this Summer's album, which has been hailed as an emotive, enticing and challenging piece of work, which is both personal and universal.

Quixotic also features co-production credits from Tricky, as well as the ultra-cool David Holmes and Martina’s writing partners, Nick Bird, Steve Crittal and Alex MacGowan with string arrangements from David Arnold (of James Bond and Bjork fame).

Re-mixes of Need One come from Riton and the single is scheduled for a May 26 release date. For a taster of what to expect, click through to our AV room and listen to the track.

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