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Surf-rock, dance-pop, and funk-inflected tunes, as well as a few of our other favorite tracks this week

U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ / Moving numbers from account to account / Keeping secrets in an offshore fount / My money is …

The Weeknd: After Hours

The Weeknd’s new six-minute single, “After Hours,” the title track off his forthcoming album, combines three separate acts: an ambient beginning reminiscent of the artist’s earlier works; a strobing, ballad-blending middle that references sub-genre singles by producers like Attlas and Lane 8; and an ending that interpolates Gesaffelstein’s “Opr.” Roaring synths carry the track to its peak—a moment that marks The Weeknd’s strongest vocal delivery, …

Cashmere Cat feat. The Weeknd: Wild Love

Two CH favorites, Cashmere Cat and The Weeknd, have teamed up for a dreamy collaboration and it’s a sexy, soulful delight. Also featuring Francis and the Lights, “Wild Love” was first teased at by Cashmere Cat and has since leaked in full. It lives up to its ethereal snippet. This slow-burn, minimal track still feels very lush, thanks to The Weeknd’s dynamic falsetto. The song …