Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie – Volume II: 1972-1987
Light In The Attic Records
There was an earlier volume a decade ago – it sorta started a movement, a resurgence, a doco, tribute acts, DJ sets and it reminded a lot of people of the funk, soul and groove tunes coming out of America’s Emerald City. So here now, compiled and sequenced by Seattle’s DJ Supreme La Rock we have a new 18-track compilation that introduces new favourites and old heroes, where the sound was only documented up to 1975 previously this volume starts in 72 and works through the disco and soul-jazz movements to the soft R’n’B and MOR-meets-funk, there’s blue-eyed soul (Don Brown) and hybrid electro/dance/soul combos like Septimus.
Wheedle’s Groove Vol. II pushes into place gems such as Epicentre’s Get Off The Phone and Push’s You Turn Me On, there’s Teleclere’s Steal Your Love and Lenny Randle & Ballplayers’ Kingdome. These are deep cuts. Robbie Hill’s Family Affair close off the set with Don’t Give Up, perfect as something of a mantra/motivation.
Similar to the recent Purple Snow compilation (documenting the Minneapolis sound/Prince antecedents) Wheedle’s will feature some of the best disco-tinged soul and funk and R’n’B you’ve never heard before; collecting up some of the tunes you perhaps ignored in a previous life too.
A great set, beautifully put together – as is always the case with Light In The Attic, well chosen, liners, nice packaging – this is a serious gap-filler in anyone’s serious music collection.