Matthew Patterson Curry, aka Safety Scissors, gave an impressive demonstration of how catchy, entertaining and pleasantly laid-back avant-pop can sound on his album In A Manner Of Sleeping. Now it's time for the first single release from the album, the wonderfully evocative and atmospheric song pearl Progress and Perseverance in its original version a passionate liaison between the art of a singer-songwriter and the laid-back aesthetic of electro-pop.
Bearing in mind the multi-layered nature of Matthew's music, it's only logical to request remixes from artists with an equally unconventional manner of thinking and working. One such artist is David Last, who hails from the New York multimedia scene and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. His musical output has appeared on labels such as Staubgold, Konque and Foundsound/Unfoundsound. David Last's unconventional remixes can be found on imprints including WaveTex, The Social Registry and Audio.NL. He combines Progress And Perseverance with a light, springy beat that supports the buoyant vibe of the original with plenty of kinetic energy definitely a candidate for the summer hit of 2013.
Marc Barrite, aka Dave Aju, takes things in quite a similar direction. Here he has left aside his extraordinary sound concepts one of his albums consists entirely of sounds made with his mouth in favour of a funky, jovial and pleasantly unpretentious rework, devoting himself entirely to the relaxed atmosphere of the original.
A very interesting alternative remix comes from the Detroit DJ Patrick Russel. He restricts himself to a particularly slow, marching 4/4 beat which, in combination with the dark atmospheric sounds and electronic percussion, creates a fascinatingly abstract version of Progress And Perseverance. Among Russel's notable works are his mix tapes and CDs and his collaboration with BPC's Seth Troxler.