Main Stage: SATURDAY 10

Murphy released her debut solo album Ruby Blue in June 2005. The EP tied into a London exhibition by artist Simon Henwood, featuring paintings of Murphy in various sequined outfits (some of Henwood’s paintings are used as cover images for the record jackets). Of course we now all know and love her eclectic take on fashion both on and off the stage.

Her next album Overpowered, brought with it intensive touring. “We took the live show to a whole other level…and that show has to be one of the most creatively rewarding things I’ve ever been involved in.” With more complex staging and choreography than ever before and some pretty astonishing costumes being changed at lightning speed for every song, Murphy pushed her performance to its limits.

In 2014 she threw us a curve ball with Mi Senti – an EP mainly of covers, all sung in Italian. The covers were sympathetic to the originals, yet wrapped in a warm womb of modern electronics. The remixes illustrated Murphy’s nous and knowledge of dance music’s underground.

The title of her most recent album Hairless Toys was misheard, like a Chinese whisper, from a late night guide vocal. It is left open to imagination, and still grows as an adjective. The last decision for Murphy to make was the choosing of a title.

“I saw the words ‘Hairless Toys and realised that the decision was already made. It’s funny but for a title that has no meaning whatsoever it sure soaks up meaning as time goes by. It means almost everything. It has even obtained its own visual aesthetic that has informed the mood and style of the sleeve completely, although it has zero to do with hairlessness or toys.” So it has become a descriptor, a code, for anything from a blouse to a building, in the singer and producer’s world. If it had no meaning, it has plenty now. Hairless Toys was named as one of Q Magazine’s albums of the year in 2015


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