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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

25. TNGHT, TNGHT

Label: Warp, LuckyMe
Released: July 23

Production duo TNGHT emerged this year seemingly out of nowhere with an eardrum-shattering sound that commanded everybody's attention. Hudson Mohawke, who earned a production credit for his work on G.O.O.D. Music's smash hit "Mercy," and Lunice, whose resume boasts remixes for the likes of Diplo and The xx, developed an organic partnership that has since yielded the frantic and chaotic collection of instrumentals that comprise their self-titled debut EP. The project is 16 minutes of massive beats that even the most fearless of rappers would think twice about approaching. Yup, it slaps that hard.

From hard 808s to neck-snapping snares and head-scratching samples, the pair kicked in the front door with their initial offering. In theory, the sounds used shouldn't add up to anything close that makes sense, but Hudson Mohawke and Lunice have the type of chemistry that ultimately produce some seriously volatile material. -JP

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