Undercover's Jun Takahashi recommends electronic albums that will keep the rave alive this party season
Every day I’m shufflin'
Jun Takahashi is an enigma. His Japanese deconstructivist label Undercover is equally ambigious. Its aesthetic is rooted in streetwear but its influences are as varied as 70s-era pop culture and German industrialism. Rizzoli's 2016 monograph on the often-referenced and hard-to-get-your-hands-on brand offered up 256 drool-worthy pages that were lavishly illustrated with more than 200 photographs and in-depth essays documenting Takahashi's three decade long life's work in Tokyo and Paris. Yet, little information is provided about the ingenious mastermind behind the anarchic chaos of it all — his favourite arts and cultural pursuits besides fashion, until now. This week on Undercover's official Instagram, Takahashi revealed 11 electronic albums, both old and new, which he had been "listening to this seven days". While the term "punk" has been loosely thrown around to describe Undercover and Takahashi's rebellious outlook, this esoteric and obscure European-centric techno seems to align with his collection's fantastical sci-fi futurism.
A notable entry in his playlist is German composer, producer and DJ Hüseyin Evirgen. Since 2016, he has worked on his own solo material under the moniker Magna Pia. Alongside his collaborative imprint Arcing Seas that is home to two-man techno group Cassegrain, Hüseyin Evirgen focuses on providing combative dance floor trips and unorthodox sonic moods with subtle 90s techno references.
Plug in and sample some of Takahashi's favourite techno artistes below.