Man Made Machine
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  • MOTOR
  • CLRX
  • 2012-04-17

MOTOR duo Bryan Black and Oly Grasset have turned their back on techno after three albums to produce an vocal-led electro filled with impressive guest stars. Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode), Gary Numan, Billie Ray Martin (S’Express, Electribe 101) and Motown’s Reni Lane get in on the fizzing synth ride that rips through some 4/4 action and has a deliciously sleazy underbelly.

It is fitting to see electro God Numan teaming up with MOTOR as they’ve made an electro album with brains and none more so than on the track Numan puts his voice to: “Pleasure in Heaven”. All soaring hooks and bish bash percussion, it shares much with recent Fischerspooner work but, unlike the electropop project which lacks a central drive, MOTOR remain focused throughout. Opener “Messed Up” indicates an intention to remain true to many of the classic sounds of electro with its breathless vocals and head pounding beat and Billie Ray Martin helps up the pace on “Hyper Lust”.

Fitting to see electro God Numan teaming up with MOTOR as they’ve made an electro album with brains.

Title track “Man Made Machine” has been touted as a re-imaging of Depeche Mode’s legendary “Personal Jesus” with good reason – Martin L. Gore’s influence is quickly apparent on the stand out track. It’s not all serious though, “The Knife” is a cheeky toe-tapper that will bring a smile to your face and it’s easy to fall in love with Reni Lane on “Hello”. MOTOR themselves have made an impressive transition from techno to electro, no doubt helped by their collaborators who ensure Man Made Machine is an absorbing genre showcase.

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