"Strict Machine" is a electronic–dance song written by British group Goldfrapp and Nick Batt for their second studio album Black Cherry (2003). The song was produced by Goldfrapp and received a positive reception from music critics.
It was released as the second single in the second quarter of 2003, and became the band's second single to appear in the top thirty on singles chart in the United Kingdom.
In May 2004, the song was re-issued under the title "Strict Machine '04" and became Goldfrapp's first top twenty single in the UK.
In the United States, "Strict Machine" was released to success on the Billboard dance charts, where it reached the top position on the Dance Club chart and number three on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.
"Strict Machine" featured a music video directed by Jonas Odell. The video, a mixture of graphic and live action segments, builds upon the art direction featured on the band's album and single covers.
Throughout the video, Alison Goldfrapp is surrounded by black and white animated backgrounds, wolf-headed dancers and colourful butterflies