Yesterday, my girlfriend asked me what ‘progressive house’ meant (bless her, she’s new). I said it was a style that emerged in the UK and Europe around 1991/92, and it was called ‘progressive’ because it was quite different from anything that had gone before it at the time… but that the term had become quite ironic, given that ‘prog’ as a sub-genre has probably changed less than any other over the past 15 years or so!
That’s not meant as a diss, necessarily: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, eh? Progressive house still has its millions of followers worldwide and at the end of the day, GOOD prog is just good house music, innit?
And so to the Gorilla EP from Boom Merchant, which is indeed good prog. Gorilla itself is a deep, warm-up affair, but with balls; Elephant’s Graveyard is a dark stomper in a Tenaglia kinda vein and Empty is a big dark roller with plenty of drama. Gorilla is the one for me but progressive house lovers (and there are millions of ‘em) should be happy with all three.
Out: This week
About: This is on a label who don’t crop up on here very often, Process Recordings. The label’s run by Herman Verkade who’s a thoroughly decent sorta chap, and you can find out more about ‘em here.
Boom Merchant, meanwhile, is called Kyle Thompson in real life, and you can find out more about HIM by visiting his own website.
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