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Sharp FM 014: Prince Language

For our latest mix, one of NYC's premier underground DJs forgoes the dance floor for an unexpected hour of transcendent beauty—but don't worry, he's also headlining our first Sharp FM party in NYC, which promises to be a body-moving affair, just in time for the holidays! 

Last December, our friend Bianca Lexis set the bar with her Winter Solstice mix—our first proper Sharp FM release—and now, another friend of the studio, Prince Language, rounds out the year with an hour of unexpected beauty. We've spent long afternoons at his Brooklyn home, drinking his navy strength coldbrew while poring over rare books and listening to rarer records that span genre, time, and feeling; so we knew a mix like this was possible, coming from him. But for those who only know Prince Language for his incredible dance sets in New York and abroad will find themselves moved in other ways. For the occasion, Sharp Type's My-Lan Thuong started a sketch that, unsurprisingly, turned into a proper typeface—the inky, rhythmic Drops—while Lucas Sharp's bold expansion of his unreleased Fraktur offers counterpoint and further illumination.

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For the cover and track list art, Justin Sloane referenced the 9th-century illuminated Book of Kells

"The constituent pieces of music on this mix have long been held in my memory, and made indelible by their palpable effect, sheer beauty, and the transcendence that they seem to imply.  It's been decades since I've made a mix in this vein, and while it's a detour from the dancefloor, I'd love to imagine someone moving to this.  When assembling it, I thought about the elision of surfaces, texture, fictive aural spaces curving, languorous and drifting.  Above all, "emotion" that eludes the maudlin.  A resistance to representation that instead emphasizes the specificity of feeling.  Smudges.  A progression of music that might loosely tether one to a meditation, or just be a whisper and atmosphere.  Either way, a salve, and a bit of sustenance and healing, at a time which pleads for any of that.  I hope this helps." —Prince Language

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Sharp Type is hosting a holiday party this Thursday, December 14th, and you're invited!

To commemorate the first year of Sharp FM, our friends at Nightmoves invited us to take over the DJ programming at our favorite semi-secret nightclub in New York City. For the occasion, we also collaborated with Daniel and Aaron of Forthave Spirits to present a custom cocktail using a small batch amer that we named after Frutiger’s iconic Univers, which dovetails with the considered, mind-expanding sounds of Prince Language’s mix. 

Nightmoves boasts an enviable custom sound system, beverage program, and natural wine selection. Founded by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, the space sits adjacent to its Michelin-starred sibling Four Horsemen in the heart of Williamsburg. Design nerds will appreciate the colorful Tokyo-kissa-meets-Italo-disco decor, and everyone loves the light-up dance floor. For the occasion, we selected some of the best local talent, headlined by Prince Language, of course, who will have revelers moving late into the night to an immersive cocktail of disco, house, and Balearic. 

The party begins at 9pm, and early arrival is encouraged. There is no cover, but RSVP is required; please email to attend.

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