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The new German electronic scene is nicely showcased on this compilation sequenced by Nonplace Urban Field's Bernd ?Burnt? Friedmann.

  Deutscher Funk
Deutscher Funk features new, rare and previously vinyl- only tracks from name artists like Atom Heart and Mouse On Mars (from their Instrumentals album), as well as lesser-known producers from interesting labels such as Source, a-Musik and EMI Germany's reactivated Harvest imprint.

While the music is not necessarily ?funk? in the traditional sense, what these groups have in common is an experimentally-minded branching off from their techno roots and an incorporation of strains of electro hip-hop, dub, jazz and industrial electronix (as in the case of General Magic & Pita's live recording from Berlin's Interference Festival).

The use of guitar, by Pluramon, and Nonplace Urban Field, may draw some comparisons with the American post-rockers (who are basically recovering European sounds of the ?70s and ?80s) but that texture is just one amongst the many electronic sources. And this generation of German electricians knows more about groove than those Americans, a track like FX Randomiz' "Dirtum"'s is about as processed and leftfield as you can get while still maintaining some kind of micro-funk momentum. Any electro-acoustically minded nerd or post-adolescent post-rocker can create a soundscape, but can they dance to it?