Various Artists, ‘Wheedle’s Groove/Kearney Barton’ (Light in the Attic)
Here’s proof that Seattle is an underrated R&B paradise — 37 minutes of the hot-test funk and coolest grooves you’ll hear all year. Wheedle’s Groove is a supersession crew of Seattle old-timers, most in their 60s, and Kearney Barton plays like the soundtrack to the greatest blaxploitation flick never made. It’s all fantastic, but the money shots are covers of the Stone Roses (“Fools Gold”) and Soundgarden. Ever wonder how “Jesus Christ Pose” might sound as a slow-burn gospel throwdown? Trust me, you need to hear it.