John Grvy’s Crazy Smooth New Single is an Ode to R&B of the Past and Present

Lead Photo: Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez
Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez
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Fresh off a week-long stint working on new material at the Red Bull Music Studios in Los Angeles, Madrid-based singer John Grvy has dropped a new single, and he’s never sounded so confident. “Faded Away” was co-produced by Spain’s Lowlight and, coincidentally, the song lyrics find him dealing with anxiety by letting it roll like water off a duck’s back.

Here, the Nigerian-born singer spans different decades of R&B, tying them together through a modern-day production style and approach. The first half of the song resembles those slick 80s slow jams, using sax fills to put you in a naughty mood, but bringing it to the present with trap elements and lush synth chords. Then, when we hit the middle, the four-on-the-floor beat and easygoing melody take us back to the 70s, and the references show us the guy knows his R&B.