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.
“Dying 4 Your Love,” title alone, is a mood. Thankfully, Snoh Aalegra — back with another stormy, sultry cut — loads up her latest with the sonics to support such a disposition. Soft background guitar plinks, gauzy layers of desire, and a voice as deep as the ocean are just some of them. Listen. You’ll hear the rest. —Patrick Hosken
“Heat Waves” is the latest in a string of solid quarantine bops from Glass Animals. It’s also the sexiest. The English art-pop group reflects on a hot tryst gone cold with a trademark psychedelic flair, bolstered by lyrics that sizzle and scintillate (“Road shimmer wigglin’ the vision / Heat, heat waves, I’m swimmin’ in a mirror”). We’re approaching the second full week of July, yet I’m still thinking about those “late nights in the middle of June.” —Sam Manzella