Five years ago, a friend of mine directed me toward the damnedest cover of Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately": It dialed the mid-'80s Jam/Lewis sleekness back two decades until it sounded like it belonged on a King seven-inch with the words "A James Brown Production" emblazoned on the label. The singer traded Ms. Jackson's icy cool for a sweltering harangue that unwound itself until the springs went straight. That cover was courtesy of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, an old-school funk revival outfit fronted by a 40-something (now 50-something) former correctional officer born in—where else—Augusta, Georgia, and backed by a crew of airtight New Yorkers who played like they were hermetically sealed during the Johnson administration, before funk went on to incorporate things like Moogs and vocoders. While... More >>>