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From a rhythmic collaboration to a charitable cover of Silent Night, a few of our favorite tracks from this week

Phoebe Bridgers feat. Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger: 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night With 100% of the profits from this recording donated to Planned Parenthood, Phoebe Bridgers’ collaborative cover of “7 O’Clock News / Silent Night” arrives with meaning and purpose. Fiona Apple harmonizes on the haunting track and The National’s Matt Berninger narrates the “7 O’Clock News” segment that runs throughout, referencing the …

KAYTRANADA feat. Pharrell Williams: Midsection

Pulled from Haitian-Canadian producer Kaytranada’s newest album, BUBBA, “Midsection” interpolates genres from the acclaimed artist’s birth nation into his modern, ultra-successful song structure. With house music force and a drum-along Caribbean rhythm, this track leans into its lively energy. Sometimes claps chime in, other times the track’s lone feature, Pharrell Williams, chants alongside drums and funky riffs. Altogether, it’s a lovely reference to both artist’s more …

Peggy Gou: Starry Night

Originally released as an Apple Music exclusive, Peggy Gou’s “Starry Night” plays by typical house music rules—hi-hats, machine claps, a thumping bass line, and prominent piano chords—and leans into the feel-good nature of the genre. Gou lays down a few Korean-language verses and splices them with spoken-word English. The accompanying video, which was directed by Jonas Lindstroem, proves cinematic with wide-angle shots of Gou dancing, …