The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Dan Lissvik, DJ Shadow, D.R.A.M.


We’re going to be spending most of the weekend watching Carly Rae’s new video on repeat, but there was plenty of actually new music we heard this week, including that fire LP Gallant just dropped.

We’ve got a plastic funk concept album from a Swedish dance guru, a tease of the new DJ Shadow LP, Dominican dirtbag vibes from one of New York’s finest, and the dumbest song you’ll hear all week that you won’t be able to stop singing. But first, a Boricua fly girl that didn’t drop a Dr. Luke song this week:

Audri Nix x Overlord – “Punto Decisivo”

It’s been almost a year since Audri Nix dropped “Veneno,” the first single from what would become her debut EP, El Nuevo Orden Vol. 1, but with the EP’s release last month, we finally got another taste of her deft flow and producer Overlord’s space trap soundtrack. Nix has been on her hustle since she was 16, graduating from making bedroom beats to spitting bars over one of Puerto Rico’s hottest hip-hop producers. Just imagine a fly boricua doing her best Drake impersonation. It works.

Dan Lissvik – “N”

Our first exposure to Dan Lissvik was in the form of the bouncy acoustic guitar spin he put on Karin Dreijer Anderson’s intensely dark Fever Ray track “When I Grow Up.” He’s been making music since the breakup of Studio — the dance project he did with Rasmus Hågg — under the names Atelje and D. Lissvik; His latest LP, Midnight, is out June 10 on Smalltown Supersound. “N” is the fourth track on the eight-track instrumental release, with each track relating to a letter in the word “midnight.” We like the album art almost much as this song which expertly uses acoustic and electronic sounds to craft a funky pop sound with a distinctly Swedish sheen.

DJ Shadow – “The Mountain Will Fall”

Mass Appeal, the magazine brand-cum-record label helmed by none other than Queens legend Nas, has been killing it of late. Run The Jewels 2 has been a runaway success, they’re set to release the “lost” J. Dilla record in a week, and now, they’re pushing DJ Shadow’s latest. “The Mountain Will Fall” is the title track of DJ Shadow’s upcoming LP, due later this summer. It’s his attempt to slay the beast that is the reputation of his 1996 classic Endtroducing... a windmill if we’ve ever seen one.

Nasty Nigel – “Groundhog Day”

Nigel has been holding it down in Queens, New York’s World’s Fair collective for a minute, and he’s ready for his close-up. “Groundhog Day” is the lead single on his debut EP, El Utimo Playboy: La Vida Y Los Tiempos De Nigel Rubirosa, and it’s an ode to the transient life of a New Yorker that’s often on tour—a perfect companion piece to “Living With My Moms,” the Wiki track he’s featured on. Apparently when you have homies at the bars and strip clubs, and ladies with a lease, you don’t need to pay rent. Who knew?

D.R.A.M. – “Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)”

This is a song about picking up girls who like to smoke weed at the club, and taking them home to smoke weed and have sex with them. It is the dumbest thing we have heard in a long time. We also can’t stop listening to it. Enjoy your weekend.