Ladonna Rama brings the spirit of the 80s back with their sultry, sweat-dripping “Homosapien”. As a fan of deep 80s dance-pop, a still all too neglected part of our musical history, it is a bit of a joy to hear somebody do Pete Shelley’s work some serious justice. Even now, years later, when a long-forgotten 80s cut comes on I am there for it, fully and completely. Their vocals on top of all this is just the icing on the cake, for their love of the sound and atmosphere is abundantly clear. Quite physical, the track is one that ought to get well-placed in some nice deep house mixes, for it maintains that vibe with gusto.
Unlike the original, Ladonna opts for a New Beat/Electro vibe. Thus, all that square synthesizer from Pete’s version is smoothed down a little bit, given some tasteful refinement. While perhaps there is a bit of a loss of the grit, the track gains a true delightful sleaziness that adorns it. Nor is Ladonna alone in this tact. One feels the joy that V/VM undertook in letting the neon-hued decadence rush through some of their more suggestive, sexual works. Beyond this, there are a few pointers from unexpected places such as the disco edit realm of Sound Stream, for the rhythm has a similar dancefloor delirium aspect to it, honing down on the groove and pushing it heavy into the red.
Nice, economical percussion comes into view quite quickly. Setting up the groove, the rest of the sound falls into place neatly. Their voice truly gets things started, as the vocals are treated in a melted, purely passionate lustful fashion. Bass here is strong, heady even while it explores a sense of freewheeling energy. Unfurling with such grace, the electro aspects are doubled-down on, for the many layers result in something Byzantine, with the multiple patterns interacting in hypnotic ways. All of it pitch-perfect, the lyrics truly are the star of the show, and Ladonna pushes all of their self into them, making sure each word is spoken with care. The sweaty, dripping nature of the track does great justice to the spirit of the club, and personally makes me long for a moment of togetherness, of community, of when everybody can come together to indulge in a way that is long overdue.
“Homosapien” revels in the wild animalistic energy of Ladonna Rama and as a result is a pure blast to get completely intoxicated by.