#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with Sunju Hargun (Turbo Recordings, TH)

We’re always interested in talking to different selectors all over the world and finding out what music influences and drives their sound. Sunju Hargun is not only a household name all over Asia, but a busy DJ too, frequently hopping about city after city in the best clubs all around the world pertaining to House and Techno music.

We speak to him about his journey, and his 10 tracks/records:

“I was born in Bangkok, Thailand and my education into dance music was quite an unexpected journey. I started off as a clubber while I was living in Manila during the late 90’s, going to raves and club nights, where I would hear the local residents play a mixture between house, pop and disco. Soon enough, I started to develop a taste and understanding about house music, as I was frequently going to hear those locals and a few international DJs, which surely set a spark in me. Trance also played a big role in my early inspiration when I began exploring deeper, but for me, it was the darker and heavier side of it and not so much the euphoric and happy side that I leaned much more to during that process.

During my late teenage years in Shanghai, I spent countless weekends at this club called ‘DKD’ which was the temple of underground House/Techno. The resident DJs that played there had a great selection of vinyl and played  for at least 5-6 hours, taking the crowd on a beautiful journey. The style of music went through House/Techno/Tribal/Progressive and sometimes Psy trance, which carried influences from the sounds of Sasha, Digweed, Christopher Lawrence, Dave Seaman, Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo, Deep Dish and many more. I knew right away that this music was my calling, and the local heroes of the city were the reason I became a DJ. 

At present I’m constantly on the move and inspired by new sounds very quickly and that may sometimes be a good or bad thing, however I see at as a way of believing that music is a never-ending journey of discovery, and one should not have to limit themselves with a certain identity but allow yourself to be free as there is so much amazing music out there. Why not try and blend them all together to allow your taste to shine out? I have also been digging back my childhood sounds & memories and listening to a lot of rock/heavy metal/punk/indie music from the 70’s and 80’s which has had a huge impact on the music I’m selecting recently, and I’m sure more people will hear this when I bring out my new collection of productions that are on the way.”

1)Aphex Twin – Ambient Selected Works (Vol 2)

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“Hard to find the words on this album, but I can say it is Meditative and sends a powerful message.”

2) Kraftwerk ‎– The Telephone Call

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“Kraftwerk stand the test of time, they contributed so much to the music that is still used to this date. I discovered them in the early 2000’s and even back then it was still all very new to me as the sounds were all very alien-like, in a good way that is! It really inspired me!”

3) Felix Da Housecat – Watching Cars Go By (Sasha Remix)

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“All the Sasha Involver Series were the soundtracks to my early 2000’s & onwards, but this particular remix on the 1st CD was always the highlight for me! I also remember driving on the highways of Shanghai back then with my friends just so we can listen to it with full speed ahead, not the safest option but can’t help that it makes you wanna go fast!” 

4) KRON- Silikron – (Jürgen Paape Remix)

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“In my early days of listening to electronic music, I discovered this when one of the local resident DJs in a club in Shanghai that I used to go out regularly to used to drop this for special sunrise occasions.But I never found out what it was and was too shy to ask the DJ at that time. Even years later I tried to ask the same DJ who played it what it was, but he doesn’t remember. Finally not long from then I had found myself getting a copy of it and was a very happy moment!”

5) John Creamer & Stephane K – I Love You (original mix)

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“Stepping into the dark side, this record is stapled in my memory of being lost on the danceloor one night when JOOF was playing and he dropped this haunting monster”

6) Trancesetters – The Saga

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“I will admit, I was a trance lover back in the day and all I can say is about this record. The mother$#^&%*$ saga still continues….”

7) The MFA – The Difference It Makes

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” James Holden’s label Border Community will always remain a legendary output for quality electronic music no matter what, This record is pure dreams, happiness and made a difference to me. Would also add that the Superpitcher remix that was released is also outstanding”

8) Paradise Soul – Theme

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“10 mins of a pure journey, beautiful piano rides accompanied by a chugging groove and soulful vocals that make you feel like your in paradise. Also a hidden fact that this was written by Mike Monday”

9) Superpitcher – Mushroom

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https://kompakt.bandcamp.com/track/mushroom-1

“It was a special moment for me to find this record as it opened up many doors for me to discover artist’s that we connected on the legendary Kompakt Records and have continued the label since then.”

10) Smith N Hack – Falling Stars 

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“It’s a timeless b side soundtrack to an unknown sci-fi film, about an astronaut who is lost in deep space. The Haunting Vocals with a bit of Moroder-Disco rooted madness by Berlin’s Avant-Disco-House dream team is Highly recommended for those open air spacey moments under the stars. This one holds a special place in the heart”

Listen to Sunju and his eclectic mixes here:

a podcast i did with graz from hanoi (savage) about my event brand “karma klique” – 


https://pulseradio.net/articles/2018/07/sunju-hargun-takes-his-open-to-close-concept-on-the-road-again

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