The look for the ever-elusive “bop” is hard. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can just do so much. They often leave a sticking around question: Are these tunes truly great, or are they simply brand-new?
Enter Bop Shop, a carefully picked choice of tunes from the MTV News group. This weekly collection does not discriminate by category 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 current music, however anticipate a couple of oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for organisation.
Rilo Kiley: “Frug”
In 1999, a brand-new Los Angeles four-piece called Rilo Kiley tape-recorded their self-titled debut and sold it at their earliest programs, readily available only on CD. As Jenny Lewis lists off which specific dances she can’t do on “Frug,” the music becomes a sunny sock-hop soundtrack– all set to be played loudly when the Rilo Kiley reissue strikes streaming (and gets a vinyl release) on October 2.
Eric Nam: “Paradise”
As we near day 150 of this lockdown, brand-new music releases are one of my primary approaches of getting away the 4 walls of my New York City apartment or condo. Go into Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam with “Paradise.” Co-written by DAY6‘s Young K, it’s the lead single off Nam’s fifth return, The Other Side This cut’s about breaking free from your dull disposition, whatever that might be. Nam advises us that “this too will pass” and not to stress, since each of us was “born to fly.” So liven up, buttercup, and understand that you’ve got this. Let Nam’s “Paradise” wash over you in all its synth-pop splendor as you dance your worries away.– Daniel Head
Vincint: “Tough 2 Forget”
Disco-infused pop is the sound du jour, and Vincint got the memo. The singer-songwriter offers us his all in “Tough 2 Forget,” a transmittable, dance floor-ready new bop with a hook that is “so easy to love/ So tough to forget.” It’s a standout track from a rising pop artist with impressive connections (he launched his last track, “Be Me,” with Netflix for Queer Eye Season 5) and much more impressive singing chops. I can’t strike the club anytime quickly, however I can have a solo dance party to this tune in my apartment, which is the next best thing. Pass the champagne!– Sam Manzella
Nicholas Braun: “Antibodies (Do You Have the)”
Cousin Greg dropped a banger. Succession star Nicholas Braun followed up news of his Emmy nomination with “Antibodies,” an honest-to-goodness rock anthem that motivates safe and responsible sex throughout the pandemic. It’s also a total cruncher, with Braun adopting a proper faux-British pop-punk sneer on its splendidly ludicrous chorus. There’s only one question delegated ask: Do you have the antibodies?– Patrick Hosken
Taylor Swift: “Illicit Affairs”
Ask me which track off of Taylor Swift‘s Folklore is my preferred, and you’ll get a various answer depending upon the day (or the weather, or the quantity of candle lights I might or may not be burning). Today, it’s “Illicit Affairs,” a slow-building ballad about a secret tryst that is both undoubtedly Taylor and clearly Folklore Respected producer-sound engineer Jack Antonoff’s impact is there, however Swift’s poignant songwriting dazzles in its own right: “And you wan na scream, do not call me kid/ Don’t call me baby/ Look at this godforsaken mess that you’ve made me/ You showed me colors you understand I can’t see with anybody else.” Chills, mama. Where’s my cardigan?– Sam Manzella
Mxmtoon: “Bon Iver”
What a week for Justin Vernon. Last Friday, he popped up on Taylor Swift’s Folklore track “Exile,” and today, he lends his project’s name to the most recent from Mxmtoon “Playing Bon Iver on late-night drives/ The window, moon, and fireflies,” the young singer-songwriter exhales on a dreamy chorus highlighted by spindly string plucks. The pretty tune is constantly replayable– spin it 22, [or] a million times. (I am not sorry.)– Patrick Hosken
Caylee Hammack: “Redhead”
Rising nation music star Caylee Hammack is raising a little hell with her fiery brand-new single “Redhead,” including guest vocals from the genre’s initial rose-haired vixen, Reba McEntire.– Chris Rudolph
S.G. Goodman: “Area and Time”
Western Kentucky singer-songwriter S.G. Goodman reflects on impermanence in the silently amazing “Space and Time” video, where animals and things vaporize like steam. Her voice is haunting and wonderful anyhow as she sings of fellowship– “I never ever wan na leave this world/ Without saying I love you”– something she looks into in a current World Coffee Shop appearance, complete with all the energy of her effective launching LP, Old Time Feeling— Patrick Hosken