Editors’ Notes This year, Apple Music asked a handful of artists to reimagine classic holiday songs. James Blake, ever the nonconformist, chose to cover a lesser-known holiday hymn, “In the Bleak Midwinter.” His treatment is stunning—perfectly delicate, immaculately rendered, and reflective of the somber mood that we’re all in this season. “Look, man, all the pop Christmas songs have been covered a million times,” he tells Apple Music. “I’m not going to out-sing Mariah. And all the carols are covered in Jesus—there’s not a bar that doesn’t mention Jesus. I’m not against carols that talk about Jesus, but I wanted to keep this holiday vibes. And really, I just love this song. I have a huge fondness for classic choral music, even though I’m not particularly religious. I loved when Jeff Buckley covered ‘Corpus Christi.’” Listen to his cover now and add this playlist to your library to stay up on the latest and greatest new music.

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