A truly decadent exploration of dance music’s delightfully sleazy underbelly comes into view on Ladonna Rama’s plastic sheen and gleam of “Animals Unreleased”. The remixes here extenuate elements of disco, tech house, dub, electro, and of course, dance elements. Full of a tremendous surge of energy the way that these tracks interact with each other gives it a fully realized whole. Of course, with a remix album there are bound to be some knockouts alongside some remixes that play it a little safe. Remixes do have that tendency, and while a few definitely could have expanded the sonic palette to a degree, there are a number of adventurous turns that appear throughout.
References abound throughout the entirety of the collection. Elements of Nine Inch Nails early industrial meets dance chic emerges on a number of the tracks, for there is a dark grandeur to the way they reconfigure the sound. LCD Soundsystem’s love of early 80s funk/disco hybrids emerge, woven into the collection’s best moments. For the retro leanings do not end there – there are tons of nods to the UK’s Second Summer of Love, for these are tracks that truly and tenderly are devoted to the dancefloor, little Valentines for that magical once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With an early Warp Records spirit comes the cryptic “Bona Fide (Vocaloid Disco Mix)”. Eerie atmospherics filter in and out, giving the acid touch a haunted feeling. A hard concrete sheen gives “Fragile (Multicore Mix)” a hypnotic groove, one that seems to burrow into the very mind. By far one of the highlights of the collection is “Zentai Suit (The Electric MaxxxyT Mix)” which is truly stellar and reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem’s “45:33” mix from James Murphy. From the warped treated vocals to the tactile percussion to the playful synthesizer it all comes together flawlessly. Hyperactive glitch edits adorn the rushed blur of “Move Your Body (Shift it Mix)” where the vocals are chopped up to mere fragments of a second. On “Sharon Says No (Matriarch Mix)” the song is propelled by a steady beat, but at times the track is a bit stingy on the bass. Another highlight comes up with the tremendously stately buildup of “Deliver Me (Deliverance Mix)” with a sound that taps into the Future Sound of London’s blissed out hit “Papua New Guinea”.
The glamour of Ladonna Rama’s “Animals Unreleased” explores the path less chosen, with its own sense of confidence and swagger leading the way.