ffrr Records (Full Frequency Range Recordings)

There is something undeniably special about the retro, silver-on-black sleeves of ffrr records that this Spotify playlist completely fails to capture.

Nevertheless, the tunes are still banging and they all come from the label’s heyday when it was the specialist dance music wing of London Records (who had some nice retro sleeves themselves). The tune has been resurrected by Pete Tong, and I think that Calvin Harris is on the label now if that’s your sort of thing.

But this playlist concentrates on the classics. The names roll over the tongue like a particularly upmarket alcopop: Armand Van Helden… The Brand New Heavies… Jamie Principle… Bananarama.

Listen, you can mock all you like, but if what you desire most from life is three girls singing over a slightly speeded-up version of “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones, then Bananarama go somewhere that Destiny’s Child, TLC, Sugababes and, err, Stooshe never dared to go. And you’ve got to give them credit for that.


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