Freshly Squeezed originally evolved from the seminal London club night, Club Montepulciano that ran for over 11 years filling 1000 capacity monthly ballroom events. The night became a "clubland institution" (Evening Standard), described by Time Out in 2004 as one of the "things you have to do before you can call yourself a real Londoner".

Club M (as it was sometimes known) even hosted a tent in Glastonbury several years before Lost Vagueness had such success with the same idea. Acts you might have seen at that time included Matt Lucas (Little Britain), League Of Gentlemen, MacKensie Crook (The Office), The Tiger Lillies, Amy Lame (Duckie), Armstrong & Miller, the band Saint Etienne, Ursula Martinez (La Clique, Le Soiree), Lenny Beige, Lorraine Bowen and many, many more.

Having pioneered the then-emerging lounge music, alternative cabaret and proto-burlesque scenes, setting up a label seemed an obvious step...

Club Montepulciano Recordings ran in parallel to the club night and released a series of what were to become genre-defining compilations. They featured the best contemporary lounge music from a collection of international artists like the Thievery Corporation, Nicola Conte (Blue Note) and Jacknife Lee. The label also released the debut album from the club’s resident DJ Lemon (AKA Nick Hollywood) and the work of various other Club M artists .