'Come On Progeny' is probably the most conventional and well-rounded song on the album "Passive Control". The track's vocalist and co-writer is the formerly unpublished German singer Charlotte Brandi.
It is a beautifully and richly arranged song, a timeless and utopian composition that reached its final form in roughly twelve years. The idea and the very first version goes back to 2000, when Yonderboi was still in his teens. Over the years the track was ditched and picked up by him at least ten times, something was never right. Originally it was meant to be instrumental, but on a rainy summer afternoon Charlotte and Yonder gave a try to a vocal version. The vocals worked so well, that they kept it. The actual words of the lyrics are about a little boy, who jumps off a rooftop but instead of falling down he flies up towards the sun. The secondary meaning of the lines, to which the title refers as well, is the mother-child relationship. It shows the inner will of a woman to encourage her "progeny" to spread his wings, fly out of the nest and start his own life.
The song begins with distant female choir samples and crescendo strings invoking the golden age of filmmaking, then a 70's bass-guitar line leads to the bridge made of acoustic-guitar chops and claps. The main drumbeats are quite acoustic sounding and groovy, reminding of 90's trip-hop beats. The song-structure is constantly building and evolving until it reaches a thick and epic climax with echoing voices, buzzing synths and swishing crash cymbals. The British Scientists remix has a colder approach than the original. The crisp synth arpeggios and the windy arrangement bring out a darker and funkier side of the song.
1. COME ON PROGENY - album version
2. COME ON PROGENY - British Scientists remix
3. COME ON PROGENY - instrumental
Listen to 'Come On Progeny' here:
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