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Various Artists DJ Qool Marv's Grand Central Translation

Now here's a mix! You can't test the credentials of New York's DJ Qool Marv, and when you multiply his subtle, but razor-sharp, deck technique by his judicious selection of tracks from Grand Central's catalog, you get a record that stands well above most label compilations. There are a few missteps (some of the MCing and shouts out to Marv bog things down a bit) but they're overshadowed by inspired mixes; the blending of the Lightening Head remix of Mark Rae's "Candystripe" with a quick slice of "Stomp" from The Nudge and the mix between another Mark Rae track and Only Child's sweet, uptempo "Show Me Love" are notable. Grand Central Translation is a necessary item for DJ's who think it's just about matching BPM's.

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