Martina Gillian Topley-Bird is an English vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained fame as the featured female vocalist on trip hop pioneer Tricky's debut album, Maxinquaye. She also worked with him on his subsequent albums Nearly God and Pre-Millennium Tension. In 2003, Topley-Bird released her debut solo album, Quixotic, which was critically praised and earned her a Mercury Prize nomination.
This was followed by Anything, The Blue God and Some Place Simple. She has also collaborated with Gorillaz, appearing on their album Demon Days, as well as with Mark Lanegan, Diplo and Massive Attack on Heligoland, which she followed by a world tour with the group. Her song Sandpaper Kisses was covered by Stephen Marley and sampled by such artists as Berry Weight and The Weeknd.