Review: Slater Hogan's & John Larner's latest

 

Slater Hogan & John Larner

Bite Sized Beats Vol. 5

Flapjack Records

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.

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Kyle Long pens A Cultural Manifesto for NUVO Newsweekly and in 2014 began broadcasting a version of his column on WFYI.