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.
2020 has been anything but Easy, but that doesnt matter to Troye Sivan and Kacey Musgraves who have teamed up for a remix of the standout track from Troyes 2020 EP, In a Dream. Hearing Kacey on a new song is always cause for a celebration, but instead of contributing her signature country flair, Kacey and Troye with help of producer Mark Ronson dial up the dreamy sad synth-pop vibes of the original. Their vocals meld perfectly, with Kacey sounding right at home, especially when she sings the word darling like a warm lullaby, briefly reminding you that itll all be alright. Chris Rudolph
O-O-Ovy on the Drums! The Latin Grammy-nominated reggaeton producer is back with a new single to round out another wildly successful year for the genre. Miedito o Que? can only be described as sonic sunshine, so tangible you can almost feel the warmth on your skin. On this perfect summertime hit, Ovy is accompanied by longtime collaborator Karol G, whose brings her signature style and flair, as well as Venezuelan artist Danny Ocean. Miedito o Que? transports you to an alternate reality of the summer that couldnt be, reminding listeners of the good times yet to be had in swimming pools and under palm trees. Theres something interesting about listening to a summer bop in the dead of winter, but if anyone can convince you to play along, its Ovy, Karol, and Danny. Sarina Bhutani
L.A. multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Christian Blue gives psychedelics a run for their money in his funky debut single, Leave It Unlocked. Bouncing between spitting bars and sticky melodies, and taking his voice high and low, not a second is wasted in the two-minute track. Matched in trippiness by its visual alone, the lyric always break the box Im locked in feels oddly prescient considering this up-and-comer clearly refuses to box himself in. Carson Mlnarik