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Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2012

by James Glazebrook

Music Montag Best of Berlin 2012

What have Roxy MusicDepeche Mode and Thom Yorke all got in common? They’re all in our epic “Best of Berlin 2012″ playlist, a collection of (most of) the tracks I’ve posted on every Music Montag for a year. But what have they got to do with Berlin? Well, you’re going to have to read the original posts to find out, which you can get to via the epic list of tags at the bottom of this post.

Or you could just listen to the playlist, which features more obviously Berlin acts like Alec Empire, Bodi BillPan-Pot and Modeselektor, plus local expat stars Emika, IAMX and Phia. You’ll notice that some of the more underground artists I covered haven’t yet made it to Spotify (sorry!), but otherwise this is a pretty well-rounded, surprisingly danceable mix, interrupted by the odd short, sharp metallic shock ;) One for Silvester, maybe? Enjoy…

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Music Montag: My Dry Wet Mess

by James Glazebrook

My Dry Wet Mess

Photo by Amanda Ceccato 2012

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.

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