Music Montag: My Dry Wet Mess
by James Glazebrook
My Dry Wet Mess is an Italian producer and visual artist who’s relocated to Berlin via Barcelona. Born Giovanni Civitenga, to the bass player in Ennio Morricone’s orchestra, he started making beats aged 14, trying to recreate the wibe of De La Soul’s Stakes is High using a sampler and an Atari. After studying Interactive Design, an audiovisual collaboration with Daedelus prompted the Californian eccentric to sign Civitenga to his Magical Properties imprint, and release the MDWM debut Irrational Alphabet.
Now on Brainfeeder, after a bootleg version of “Pieface” by Flying Lotus caught the label boss’ attention, My Dry Wet Mess has just released his second long player, Stereo Typing. Listen to this album sampler and standout track “Clappin’ Ears” and, alongside Civitenga’s LA mentors, you might hear his formative influences – Squarepusher, Alva Noto, the object-sampling virtuosos Matmos – sprinkled with a handful of the producer’s own fairy dust.
Stereo Typing by My Dry Wet Mess is out now on Brainfeeder.