I Put a Record On


It can hardly be believed that I Put a Record On is Gudrun Gut's debut album as a solo artist, considering her key contributions in the Berlin musical underground. Not only is she label-head of Monika Enterprise, she is a founding member of the Berlin bands Mania D., Malaria! and Matador and long before the Wall fell she was a member of Einstürzende Neubauten. With so many references to her credit, it's no wonder that an atmosphere of delicate diversity is built on this record. The listener is unconsciously pulled along into the moods and associations evoked by Gudrun Gut and the way she plays with different sources. Gudrun's preferred style is a kind of minimal techno with a warm sound and a dark timbre. Titles such as "Rock Bottom Riser" and "Last Night" are swinging mid-tempo numbers. "Move Me" is a club-compatible cross between polka and tango, while "The Wheel" is some kind of hip-hop fairy tale. The tracks are loop-oriented and disarmingly concise, really showcasing the artist's cunningness. I Put a Record On pulsates in imaginary black light -- this quiet stillness gives the album a lascivious quality which is reinforced by the way Gudrun Gut's voice murmurs in one's ear (if you've ever heard Oceanclub Radio you will know about this). Gudrun also makes fair use of her talented friends on this release -- "Rock Bottom Riser" arose from a spontaneous sing along in the Monika office, featuring the voices of Uta Heller and Matt Elliot. Malaria! and Matador companion Manon P. Duursma guests as co-writer of the dub-blues tracks "Pleasuretrain" and "The Wheel," and the original version of "Girl Boogie" already appeared as a contribution to the Girl Monster compilation on Chicks On Speed Records. As a visual bonus, the CD also contains an edited version of the video "Celle," taken from an installation which Gudrun did together with celebrated artist Pipilotti Rist for the Sonambiente Festival in Berlin, 2006. Experienced musician Gudrun Gut allows her new album to radiate with beautiful melancholy like a strong perfume -- an invitation to let oneself fall backwards into her warm pulse.