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Sweden’s finest - Ulf Eriksson & TM404 - hitting Asia this weekend! RSVP:
Sat. - Nov. 24 | Kontra-Musik @ Beton Brut | Seoul | South Corea
Sun. - Nov. 25 | Kontra-Musik @ PingPong129 | Hong Kong | China
w/ Wa Wu We (aka Sebastian Mullaert) live, TM404 live (Kontra-Musik), Marylou Guerra (Rinse, FR), Ulf Eriksson (Kontra-Musik), von der Rauchen (käfTen),
Tias + DEKO: Mikmo & Hellan
All photos taken by: Camilla Caam Rehnstrand
Can you remember what you did 10 years ago exactly? In case your dancefloor activities of the past decade are giving you trouble remembering right away we got something to offer: Mr. Eriksson was digging recently through his archive and found the 'Mutated Funk From The Möllan Sewers' Mixes - Part 1 & 2. And yes, they were recorded 10 years ago. So why not enjoying these while you keep on trying to remember? <3
RBMA: “How would you describe the music that you release to someone that hasn’t heard of Kontra-Musik?”
Ulf Eriksson: “That is hard. Maybe a mess?”
This is not the only interview where Ulf describes his label Kontra-Musik or the philosophy behind it as “a mess”. But reading ‘mess’ as ‘something without restraints’ it makes then pretty much sense as definition for the label’s music approach, moving between “elegant Techno, true-school house and ambient textures “ (RBMA).
What is for sure beyond discussion: a Kontra track never messes up a dj-set. Which might also be the reason why Kontra-Musik was featured as label of the month by Resident Advisor.
There is no need for a big introduction to Ulf’s oeuvre and his person. But in case you wanted to tune in a bit deeper into his music we ran for you through his past mixes and ... we really don’t know which one to choose from: podcasts for Smoke Machine, Modyfier, Boiler Room, Latency on Rinse FM, mnml ssgs or Input Selector or his Live-Sets with his brother in crime Sebastian Mullaert … all made with same constant quality and feeling for tension.
But here we go, check his recent mix for Germany’s Groove Magazine.
Välkommen they say in Sweden, and that’s what we say to this kontrarian from Malmö:
(Kontra-Musik / Intonal)
Maybe it’s the cold winter months or these never-ending days in summer. Whatever the case may be, it might explain why ‘restlessness’ comes into our mind when we speak about Ulf: a brilliant selector playing all over the globe, head of notorious Kontra-Musik, programmer at Inkonst and curator of Intonal Festival in his hometown Malmö… things definitively never get boring with Mr. Eriksson.