Babymetal
Babymetal

Babymetal

Babymetal

February 26, 2014

Alternative Metal

Mixing pummeling heavy metal and bubblegummy J-pop, the band's debut should be a joke but turns out to be a work of genius instead. Whatever the magical quality producer Kobametal sprinkles liberally over the mix, he's clearly tapped into the same kind of cosmic, comic stream of unconsciousness that made Andrew W.K.'s first album so brilliant.

- Tim Sendra

Come Away with ESG
Come Away with ESG

ESG

Come Away with ESG

1983

Funk

Right in the middle of this revolutionary intersection of punk, disco, rap and soul were the Scroggins sisters, who formed the seminal mini-funk outfit ESG. Recorded live and raw in a small studio located above Radio City Music Hall, the band's debut album, Come Away With ESG is a lasting document of their unique brand of minimal funk that would influence subsequent post-punk, hip-hop, and dance music acts.

- Joshua Glazer