Strict Machine


Black Cherry (2003)

Sometimes a song comes along that has such an immense impact it practically launches its own new sub-genre. Goldfrapp’s “Strict Machine” was just such a song. A deep, surging bassline propels Alison Goldfrapp’s airy vocals to a climactic chorus, fetishizing the very electronics that allow the song to exist in the first place: “wonderful electric … I’m in love with a strict machine.” The group, whose ethereal debut gave no inkling of the electro-dance superstars they’d become, has influenced a number of already well-established diva pop stars, including Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Kylie Minogue. Goldfrapp even based their 2005 follow-up, “Supernature,” almost entirely around the structure of “Strict Machine.” Goldfrapp took a break from the dancefloor on their fourth album (“Seventh Tree”), but word is that they are moving back in a disco direction for their next release. I can’t wait.

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