Rare soul-disco from late-70s Seattle, courtesy of Light in the Attic Records | Bleader

Rare soul-disco from late-70s Seattle, courtesy of Light in the Attic Records

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Wheedles Groove—Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987
  • Wheedle's Groove—Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987

Last week I finally got around to listening to Wheedle's Groove—Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987, the second volume in a series from superlative reissue label Light in the Attic that collects rare soul and funk from Seattle. The first volume spanned the years 1965 to 1975, and it sported a grittier, hard-edged sound more in line with Stax/Volt, Motown, and the New Orleans swamp boogie of Allen Toussaint and the Meters. This new volume has some smooth soul and slick funk, but also disco, boogie, electro, and 80s R&B a la Luther Vandross and Alexander O'Neal. I personally think this volume is way better than the first, and it's consistently listenable from beginning to end. But the standout track is Don Brown's "Don't Lose Your Love," a sparkling soft-rock-and-disco hybrid that's a celestial combination of Hall & Oates, 10cc, and Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Check it out below.

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