Charlie May and Duncan Forbes grew up and studied together, and when musical equipment became more or less available to everyone they started recording music together. In the UK at the beginning of the 90s, among the whole range of styles that appeared in the UK and abroad, the most prominent style was the one that would later be called progressive house, where one can feel the heritage of Italian house music, Jamaican dub and hypno trance from Germany. “As far as I can gather, progressive house means Guerilla Records,” said Paul Hartnoll from Orbital in 1992.
“It’s just a new name for genuine house, adds Phil Hartnoll. Like, many of the people who were making house music originally are people who are doing that style of music now. But because there’s nothing you can really describe as house now, suddenly it’s called progressive house.” Hartnolls knew what they talked about—they also participated in the creation
of juicy house :-)
William Orbit, the founder of the Guerilla label, had been collecting gifted people since 1990 and undermined traditions with new music like a guerilla fighter. He noticed Charlie and Duncan in a music shop (where else can
Gargantuan, with incoherent track names but strong music, is called the monument
of early-90sprogressive house for a reason. It’s an amazing album which sounds unbelievably fresh and spring-likeeven 25 years after—not bad for another cult record made in a bedroom.