Mix #88: “Gearbox” (by marvis)

If you compare DJing to driving a car, most DJ sets sound like constant acceleration. It’s all about going harder and faster, but does that make a DJ set better and stronger? I have to admit I have played many, many sets like that, but this one is different.

I have been listening to a lot of great electronic dance music lately: A lot of Electro and Fidget House, Dubstep and a bit of Moombahton and Glitch Hop. I have been thinking about how to mix all those different genres into one set, even though they typically run on totally different tempos, I feel that they can often be similar in the sounds that they use and in the overall mood they convey.

Creating this mix was like discovering the gearbox for the first time after I had only known the accelerator pedal before. My mix “Speedbumps” was the first experiment in this direction, and after thinking about this for a while, I have found exactly the sound that I want to play right now. So here it is:

I couldn’t have done this mix without a few great transition tracks that helped my change the tempo seamlessly. Th0r’s “Never Felt Like This Before” (taken from the 110 BPM Collection) is a great example, going from around 125 BPM down to 110 BPM smoothly. Katy B’s “Katy On A Mission” is also a great transition track as it switches from a straight beat in the beginning to a broken Dubstep beat in the second part of the track.

I was a bit surprised to hear A.G.Trio’s Remix of “Nobody’s Fool” by Parov Stelar. Parov is famous for his Electro Swing productions, and this remix goes in quite a different direction with its straight House grooves and Dubstep interludes. Great remix!

There are also a few tracks from the OWSLA Free Treats Vol. 2 compilation in this mix. It’s free, so if you don’t have it yet, go get it!


  • Krewella – Strobelights
  • Parov Stelar – Nobody’s Fool (A.G.Trio Remix)
  • Mord Fustang – Lick the Rainbow
  • James Egbert – The Lodge
  • Th0r – Never Felt Like This Before (Feed the Wolf)
  • Van Tek – In The Name Of Spain
  • Foreigner – Cold as ice (A.Skillz & Nick Thayer Bootleg)
  • Dillon Francis – Now Hear This
  • Distantt – Infinity (Aylen Remix)
  • Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Smims & Belle Remix)
  • Fussy Boy – Gold (Mord Fustang Remix)
  • Datsik & Kill The Noise – Lightspeed
  • J. Rabbit – A Shot Of Bruschotti (Original Mix)
  • Sylvane – Freak Out (Original Mix)
  • Katy B – Katy On a Mission
  • Dubba Jonny – Not Another UKF Dubstep Tutorial
  • Flinch feat. Jamtech Foundation – Bad Boy
  • Nostalgia & Aami – Say
  • JFB – Past From The Blast
  • Cryptex – Sometimes (Cryptex Reglitch)

Image: Patrmach // CC-by-nc-nd

About marvis (209 Articles)
Marvis is the founder of Sweet Headache. He lives in Cologne (Germany) and has been a music nerd for a long, long time.

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