Man Made Machine
LP version. MOTOR presents their fourth album, which opens a new chapter in the history of the band. After completing three massively-successful and critically-acclaimed techno albums, Bryan Black and Oly Grasset, who together form the duo MOTOR, have shifted gears and recorded a song-based vocal album by the name of Man Made Machine. The album was conceived during their world tour with Depeche Mode in 2009 when Dave Gahan fell ill and the band found themselves in a hotel in Berlin with time on their hands. It features the vocalists Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode), Gary Numan, Billie Ray Martin (S' Express, Electribe 101) and Motown's rising new star, Reni Lane. When MOTOR secretly played the first single from the upcoming album (also titled Man Made Machine) on a BBC radio broadcast, it got over 10,000 views within hours of being ripped and broadcasted on YouTube. The reactions from Depeche Mode and MOTOR fans are absolutely ecstatic. One online comment, which has often been quoted and agreed to, is that "Man Made Machine" sounds like the modern version of the Depeche Mode track "Personal Jesus" -- a royal honor for the guys from MOTOR. It is no coincidence that the album features some of the key figures in the evolution of electronic music. MOTOR have played as the main support act on sold-out tours for Gary Numan, Nitzer Ebb and Depeche Mode and have been considered one of their best-received support acts. They have performed on the main stages of all the top festivals with acts like Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Soulwax, Justice, etc. They are known for having one of the most explosive and entertaining live shows in dance music. Other than that, MOTOR's music has been featured on various HBO and Showtime TV programs, in films and in several Playstation and Nintendo video games. Their impressive list of remixes includes "Precious" by Depeche Mode. In Mixmag 2006, Depeche Mode actually listed this one as their favourite DM remix of all time.