Gryffin transforms ‘Body Back’ into an acoustic ballad [Stream]

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Gryffin has garnered acclaim for his mellifluous live instrumentation and ambient electronic arrangements, but temporarily shelves these abilities in his acoustic conversion of “Body Back.” The pop-centric showing from Gryffin’s debut LP, Gravity, arrived less than one week before the album hit streaming platforms and exuded unmistakable radio appeal. Touting sing-a-long-ready lyrical hooks, vocalized by featured artist, Maia Wright, and fluid builds that flirt with Gryffin’s electronic sensibilities, “Body Back” lent itself well not only to airwaves but also to the sanguine sonic personality of the producer’s benchmark LP.

With the acoustic version of “Body Back,” Gryffin makes a revisionist return to his catalog to offer a stripped down rendition of the October 2019 release. Whereas the original is bubbly in character, the acoustic is more muted, but no less heartfelt in lyrical delivery. Wright’s vocal takes center sonic stage on the “Body Back” remake, and supporting instrumentals are minimal. Piano chords undergird Wright’s porcelain vocal contribution, foregrounding her soprano talent as “Body Back” sheds its pop-electronic hybrid styling to lean more into ballad territory.

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Gryffin solidifies two years of preparation with his 16-track debut LP, ‘Gravity’

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It’s been more than a two-year odyssey for Gryffin since the groundwork for his freshman full-length effort, Gravity, was initially set into motion during the fall of 2017. The project’s aggregate roll-out, which constituted a formal five-track EP release last December, as well as close to a dozen official singles, has decisively come full circle following its lead single introduction with “Nobody Compares To You.”

From bubbling beneath the charts with unofficial SoundCloud remixes to formally producing music in tandem with an abundance of Grammy-nominated acts, Gryffin has navigated a meticulous avenue to his current feat: Gravity out in its entirety, containing a track list that spans 16 sublime titles.

While there are more than a modest number of never-before-heard Gryffin productions to briskly dive into, the 11 previous singles from Gravity cannot be forgotten, including hits like “Remember” with Zohara, “Tie Me Down” with Elley Duhé, “All You Need To Know” with Slander, “OMG” with Carly Rae Jepsen in addition to a myriad of others.

In preparation for the album’s forthcoming release just over the past month, Gryffin unwrapped two final gifts as he continued to exemplify that there would not be a single mediocre listing on Gravity with “Baggage” alongside Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge, and most recently, “Body Back.” In terms of brand new music from Gryffin, perhaps the most enticing listen from the unbeknownst album designations is his long-awaited union alongside Seven Lions, which was debuted during the very first GRAVITY II LIVE spectacle in Brooklyn this past August.

Comprehensively, Gravity is engulfed with transcendent productions that encompass further collaborations with DROELOE, a reunion alongside Zohara, and a duet between MARINA and Model Child. For those fortuitous enough to be in attendance for any of Gryffin’s live performances this past summer, he treated fans to his ethereal drumline-induced introductory piece as the project’s commencing piece that provides the cherry on top to one of the year’s most remarkable dance music bodies of work.

Stream Gravity in full below, and purchase tickets to any of Gryffin’s forthcoming GRAVITY II LIVE shows during the remainder of this fall and winter.

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Gryffin returns to his early sound for latest single, ‘Body Back,’ featuring Maia Wright

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Less than a week before the full release of his debut full-length album, Gryffin has put out another single from the compilation, which is set to be titled GRAVITY. He continues to prove his pop prowess on “Body Back,” which enlists Maia Wright as the vocalist.

The track focuses in on Wright’s vocals, which are unapologetically catchy and serve as the initial sonic hook of the release. A guitar-laced yet still distinctly electronic build infuses energy into “Body Back,” which has been characteristic of Gryffin’s releases since the producer plays the electric guitar during his live performances. The track then falls into a simple yet catchy drop that is perfect for radio play and makes for an easy and captivating listen.

Gryffin wrote on Twitter that “Body Back” is his answer to those who have been asking him to come out with new material that returns to his early sound.

GRAVITY will feature 16 original releases, some of which has been previously released as singles. The album will be out in full via Geffen Records on Oct. 24.

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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