Halloween's over, and there's not a single excuse to throw a party until Christmas. However, that doesn't mean you have to go into party withdrawal. Have a little dance party in your living room next time you have folks over for a football game. We've scoured the web to find the best free non-stop party mixes. This is music that goes and makes everyone standing in the kitchen stop their chit-chatting and pop into the living room to actually shake their thang for a beat or two. Best of all: they won't cost you a single thing.
DJ Mahf performed at the Red Bull Thre3style USA finals on October 9 and while he lost out to DJ M-Squared at the Denver competitions, his 15 minute routine still smokes. This St. Louis DJ is known for his party mixes, and this mix, while shortened, can still move a floor. You might recognize the name from his mixtape with Kansas City's Steddy P, While Your Were Sleeping, which dropped this summer.
Download DJ Mahf's Thre3style Mix.
Girl Talk's Feed the Animals is a definitive mix these days. For better or worse, Greg Gillis has defined the DJ experience. When kids go out to get their dance on, they expect a deliriously wild mix of genres and songs. It's almost absurd as to how much Gillis manages to cram into a single track.
Download Girl Talk's Feed the Animals as a pay-what-you-want download.
E-603 released Torn Up about a year after Feed the Animals, and, arguably, it's a total cop of Girl Talk's mash-up aesthetic. Alternately, though, Torn Up is a heavier mix, and could be a response to Girl Talk's use of easy samples. While there's a lot of samples in common -- most likely due to a lot of recent hip-hop hits -- E-603 uses a lot less in terms of classic dance singles, opting instead for stuff that fits the beat.
Download E-603's Torn Up.
Uneasy Listening, from DJ P and Z-Trip is the grandpa of the mash-up mix. Released waaaaaaaaaaay the hell back in 1999, I first heard it as a CD-R at 6:00 a.m. while knocking out cinnamon rolls in the bakery where I worked. It rocked my brain clean out my skull. The idea of backing hip-hop with classic rock was kind of a weird idea ten years ago. It's showing a bit of its age these days, as it doesn't cut from track to track nearly as fast as any of the other mixes here, but every song is sure to be familiar to your party.
Download DJ P and Z-Trip's Uneasy Listening.
Of course, I had to enclose something from Chrissy Murderbot's "Year of Mixtapes" blog. He's got 52 mixes up there encompassing dubstep, grime, New York garage, house, and everything in between. But the idea here is that we've got mixes to move your crowd, ideally with songs they're familiar with. So, do we go with New Jack Swing or '90s Dance Pop? Why not both? Put 'em one right after another, and you've got nearly two and a half hours of party-time, with Tony! Toni! Toné!, Technotronic, and (of course) Color Me Badd.