Of all the great albums due out this month, we’re perhaps the most excited about the return of Gudrun Gut. Her new record Wildlife is a fantastic piece of work, and the latest installment in a career that’s spanned three decades and a seemingly endless variety of electronic sounds. Electronic music has long been indebted to female pioneers, so to celebrate, we thought we’d highlight the work of some of the other great female innovators of electronic music, women who’ve been at the forefront of pushing the sonic envelope in their respective fields. Let us know if you have any to add!
Even in a city as restlessly creative as Berlin, Gut stands out as a particularly interesting and innovative figure. She was in an early incarnation of Einsturzende Neubaten, and since then she’s released a heap of fascinating music, both with her band Malaria! and solo, as well as founding her own label, Monika Enterprise. Wildlife finds her going back to nature — its organic sounds evoke the atmosphere of the dark German forest, and it also include a great cover of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best,” which we’ve included above. There’s a great podcast made for The Wire about her career here.