The 10 best makina tracks, curated by Schak

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If you like your music fast and euphoric then you’ll love makina. The dance music style, which originated in Spain and became a youth culture phenomenon in Scotland and the North East of England, is built on sounds that send you loopy. From the adrenaline-charged pace of hardcore techno to the delirious bounce of trance and the unabashed ecstasy of Eurodance, it’s pure mania on a dancefloor.

It’s also a sound that epitomises Schak: the North Shields DJ and producer has been on an absolute tear since his breakthrough release ‘Moving All Around (Jumpin’) (feat. Kim English)’ in late 2022, igniting clubs and festivals worldwide with high-energy sounds. With releases coming via Trick and Ministry Of Sound and sets everywhere from Sydney to San Diego, including the likes of Creamfields, The Warehouse Project, SWG3, NX Newcastle and The Lab LDN in the UK, there was no debating his inclusion in our breakthrough DJs of the year rundown of 2023.

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His latest release ‘Got No Money Ft. Vula’ carries plenty of influence from Schak’s time spent raving in the North East, showcasing a hard and thumping take on house music, powered by robust kicks, jubilant melodies and radiant vocals from Vula Malinga.

To celebrate the release, we asked Schak to pick out his 10 favourite makina anthems and tell us about why they made such an impression on his music taste. Check them out alongside his new single below.

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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