Danny Brown, Boogarins, Earnest Pugh: Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

Danny Brown

One-upmanship coarses through every corner of the hip-hop galaxy, but Danny Brown is one of those rare auteurs committed to simply one-upping himself. And e’s done it with a new album called “Old,” talking enough trash to fill a thousand dumpsters. Rhyming in a maniac squawk that few rappers would dare to squeeze from their throats, the Detroit native joins Kanye West in having dropped one of the most singular and stellar rap albums of 2013. It’s the sound of an artist trusting his gut while punching the rest of us in ours.

(The following song contains explicit lyrics.)

Boogarins

There’ s a rich psych-rock history in Brazil that dates back to Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze, Os Mutantes, Gal Costa and other pioneers of tropicalia music. Boogarins – a 21st century duo from central Brazil – do that trippy heritage proud on its new album “As Plantas Que Curam.” This is psychedelic rock-and-roll played with the necessary cosmic abandon, yet tempered with a sweet and intimate warmth.

Earnest Pugh

R&B music may have originally leaked through the doors of the church, but it’s always been a two-way street. “Get ready ’cause we did put a little D’Angelo flavor on it,” warns gospel star Earnest Pugh during the intro of “All Things Through Christ,” the slow-burning highlight of his new album,”The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Expierence: Live In Nassau Bahamas.”

As the title suggests, Pugh has been on the move. Last summer, after years of living in the D.C. area, he relocated to Texas to become the minister of music at Silverlake, a megachurch near Houston. And now Pugh’s new album is making big moves, too – “W.I.N.” currently holds the no. 1 spot on Billboard’s gospel albums chart.

Chris Richards became the Post's pop music critic in 2009. He has covered D.I.Y. house shows, White House concerts, go-go and Gaga.
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