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Bop Shop: Songs From Laura Mvula, Orville Peck, Migos, And More

Getty Images 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…



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The hunt for the ever-elusive”bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations may just do this much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really great , or are they just brand new ?

Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked choice of tunes from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn’t discriminate by genre and can incorporate anything — it is a snapshot of what’s on our heads and what seems good. We are going to keep it fresh with the most recent music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Prepare: The Bop Shop is now open for your business.

  • Maharani: “Tere Bina”

    London-based singer-songwriter Maharani introduced her EP AnBae late last year, and I’ve experienced it in spinning ever since. Influenced by R&B artists such as Tinashe, Tank, and Jhené Aiko, her sound is transportive, a musical cauldron mixing Hindi, Dutch, Tamil, and English, often layered over a straightforward synth beat. Her most recent release,”Tere Bina” (“Without You” in English) simultaneously puts me at ease and makes me want to maintain love. Manufactured by fellow Londoner Itsyaboikay, the two are charting their own lane in R&B, and I am buckling in for your ride. —Virginia Lowman

  • Orville Peck: “Born This Way (The Country Road Version)”

    Like any good gay person, I knew Lady Gaga teasing the name of the pay”Born This Way (The Country Road Version)” was code to get an Orville Peck collab. My musical gaydar was right, and Little Monsters, I’m happy to inform you the hidden singer was rightfully entrusted with the anthemic tune. Peck’s rendition of”Born This Way” is a campy delight, infused with all the twangy strings and soulful croon that place the queer nation singer around the map. Yee-freaking-haw! —Sam Manzella

  • Tinashe ft. Buddy: “Pasadena”

    What’s the world’s first post-quarantine summer without a fire playlist to vibe out to? Tinashe is providing us just that with her single and visual for”Pasadena.” The pop dazzler is serving up her airy, soprano vocals over a hot beat within her newly released . The visual brings us some much-needed California sunshine and carefree vibes, and such as Tinashe sings,”Now more than ever, life is all what you make it.” Let’s create the hot season count! —Taura Kimble

  • Ivy Mono:”Stars Are Blind” (Paris Hilton cover)

    Paris Hilton’s mythic debut single”Stars Are Blind” celebrated its fifteenth anniversary this season, making it ripe for the picking to an indie electro-pop soft-boi cover. And I use that term endearingly because Ivy Mono has discovered a way to curate a totally different sun-drenched vibe with his synth-driven spin on the 2006 single. While the original is top on the street, which makes out on the beach, and the smell of sunscreen, Ivy Mono’s cover feels just like iced coffee in the summer, yearning from throughout the bar, and yes, even making out to the beach, also. —Carson Mlnarik

  • Pom Pom Squad: “Crying”

    Everything weeps on “Crying.” Singer-songwriter Mia Berrin howls, the creeping strings wail like coyotes at the nighttime, and the layers of guitar crunch include a visceral sonic weight to the whole affair. It is (sadly) not a Roy Orbison cover, but it resides in the same melancholy world, alongside the rest of Death of a Cheerleader, Berrin’s goth-fuzz brand new album from project Pom Pom Squad, outside June 25. —Patrick Hosken

  • Blanks: “What You Do to Me”

    No one is giving more full-hearted tributes to’80s new-wave pop right now than 24-year-old Simon de Wit, better known as Blanks. “What You Do to Me” is a brisk, breezy rush of synth where he finally confesses his heartfelt feelings. But naturally, the fear of falling in love has him overthinking. “I want you today to get me outta my head,” he reveals. “‘Cause infant, when we touch, it’s like the whole world stops” —Terron Moore

  • Migos ft. Justin Bieber: “What You See”

    Justin Bieber’s lately made himself a hook machine, and on “What You See,” he lets his floating falsetto soar over a gentle beat infused with acoustic guitar. It provides the perfect backdrop for Migos to unpack questions about real love:”How many times that you have angry or told me done ?” ;”If I was down to my very last dime, would you slip, move Bonnie and Clyde?” ; and most importantly,”What you want from me?” —Patrick Hosken

  • Laura Mvula: “Got Me”

    Summer is here, we have our vax (you have your vax, right?!) , and it’s time to bask in a season of good vibes and fierce music. Laura Mvula‘s synth sensation “Got Me” is serving the perfect bop for sitting in the sun, by the beach, or in a park. Like an’80s pop track with a 2021 twist, it’s a nostalgic smorgasbord of serotonin that puts a spring in your step. “In my adult years I had forgotten how important dance was to me as a vital tool of my creative expression,” Mvula told NME. “I brought it back, just for me, so I could find my delight in dance again. And now I can’t stop dancing. I can’t wait to play this album live.” —Zach O’Connor

  • Nao ft. Lianne La Havas: “Woman”

    For the record: You can not go wrong with Nao or Lianne La Havas, therefore their team-up to the feminist anthem”Woman” was bound for a sure-fire winner. This track got me through a summer indoors last year, and although outside is open today, the song has such fantastic energy that it’s become a sort of mantra for me. “If God is woman / On Sunday Imma worship us,” the hook announces. And so much as I’m concerned, every day is Sunday, and everybody should behave accordingly. —Virgnia Lowman

  • Nnamdï:”Lonely Weekend” (Kacey Musgraves cover)

    To say Nnamdï has covered Kacey Musgraves’s gorgeously melancholy”Lonely Weekend” is to do the multitalented Chicago artist’s version a disservice. Instead, it’s a complete overhaul, a work of disassembly and reassembly in real time around three minutes. I’ve listened to it about six times today

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