25 Best Albums of 2012 - #19 SpaceGhostPurrp - Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles Of SpaceGhostPurrp

On Mysterious Phonk, SpaceGhostPurrp, the Miami native and leader of Raider Klan, collected tracks from his extremely underground, unmixed, inaccessible mixtapes (such as last years Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991)), removed the Mortal Kombat samples, did some re-recording, finally got some decent mixing and mastering, and released it all on 4AD as his first proper album. It’s dark, it’s vulgar, it’s hypnotizing, and it’s very, very good. He handles all of the production, as well as the rapping; there is not a single voice on this album other than “The Black God” himself. Neither his flow nor his lyrics are anything revelatory, but as a package, Mysterious Phonk succeeds simply because of the atmosphere. It sounds like a syrupy transmission from a strip club on Pluto in 1997 that has just taken 15 years to reach us here on Earth. And boy, are we glad it finally did.