Slater Hogan & John Larner
Bite Sized Beats Vol. 5
Slater Hogan and John Larner are best known around Indy for their work behind the turntables, but the pair have earned a large international audience for their house music productions, which routinely pop up on the playlists of the genre's best DJs.
The duo's latest work arrives packaged in the form of a 7" vinyl single; it's part of Chicago label Flapjack Records' Bite Sized Beats series. The disc features a couple of R&B classics from different eras (disco and new jack swing), reworked into uptempo house music burners.
First up is "Freakin Deep", a take on Jodeci's slow jam staple "Freek'n You." Hogan & Larner jack up the tempo while crafting a sophisticated jazzy backdrop for the vocals. I was never a big fan of the slickly produced Jodeci original, but Hogan & Larner's funked up version breathes new life into the 1995 R&B hit.
Side B features "Sexy Lady," a dubby, amped-up spin on Johnnie Taylor's 1976 smash hit "Disco Lady". With a few minor tweaks, Hogan & Larner flip this mid-tempo groover into a powerful dance-floor weapon. "Sexy Lady" is soulful house music at its finest.
A few copies of this limited edition 7" pressing are now available at LUNA Music.