The search for the ever-elusive “bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new?Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn’t discriminate by genre and can include anything it’s a snapshot of what’s on our minds and what sounds good. We’ll keep it fresh with the latest music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for business.
Melbourne, Australia quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fevers newest single is a relentlessly upbeat piece of indie rock where guitars diverge and briefly intersect before splitting again. And though its immediately danceable (as the band demonstrates in the music video), singer Fran Keaney says the track is lyrically the swirling words and thoughts before a breakup. Over multiple layers of jangly riffs, he sings, At the intersection / Waiting on the corner / Bottom of the freeway / Before it opens up. Bob Marshall
On Valentines Day, Soupmakesitbetter dropped a four-track EP of liquid love called 4 Play where he explores attraction, lust, and love with silky raps delivered with a charismatic edge. One of its smoothest tracks is First Love, a warm ode to good sex with a good partner. Soupmakesitbetters careful choice of words gives you the blueprint on what to do if you want to be a cunning fox. Trey Alston
What do you say to the one person in your world who makes you feel things no one else can? It might sound something like country crooner Orville Peck’s longing “Roses Are Falling,” a heartfelt rumination on a lover who “brings out the worst” in our mask-clad troubadour. “Sometimes when I’m around you, I feel like pure evil,” he laments about a past love he just can’t quite get over. During a previous performance, Peck once stated this particular track is a “love song about loving somebody so much that you kinda wanna kill ’em.” This cowpoke couldn’t have been more on the money. Brittany Vincent
Sweet Memory sounds like a beach daydream, evoking waves, daytime drives, and salty anticipation all at once. It makes sense considering Beauty Queen, the moniker for singer-songwriter Katie Iannitello, is a Maui native. The track, produced by indie-pop pros Tennis, is a groovy, synth-driven rumination on a relationship thats keeping our heartbroken heroine waiting. Her lyrics are observational Rounding the corner / You pushed past me / Are you a criminal / Or a sweet memory and her voice is dripping in charm, making its lo-fi music video feel like the best kind of fever dream. Carson Mlnarik
Normally a bruiser with his street raps, Maryland’s Travy Nostra gets emotional this time as he explores the fact that hes not the best thing for a woman in his life. Its a taxing listen for anyone whos been in a toxic situation, and his range on it is clear. What strikes me the most is the bold honesty, even when its embarrassing and when its clear he overstepped his romantic boundaries. No matter how young or old you are, youll get a new understanding of love after this goes off. Trey Alston