Various D-Funk: Funk, Disco & Boogie Grooves From Germany 1972 - 2002

After bringing the world The In-Kraut (three volumes of obscure German pop from the late '60s and early '70s), Marina Records has shifted its focus for D-Funk. Subtitled Funk, Disco & Boogie Grooves From Germany 1972 ― 2002, it might cover a long period of time but it turns out to be a satisfyingly cohesive collection of similarly-minded funk tunes. As with their previous compilations, Marina has managed to throw in a few bigger names, albeit in lesser-known incarnations. For example, Giorgio Moroder is represented by an almost note-perfect version of War's "Low Rider," which he recorded as Stolen Property, while both Boney M. and James Last turn in obscure gems too. The reason D-Funk works, however, is because it's a well-constructed compilation. Despite covering a 30-year period, none of the 18 tracks sound dated or out of place, and the album is one long, horn-laden slab of funk. But in the best possible way. (Marina)