Hot on the heels of his killer Chaos Cloud EP, Sosak – AKA Gary Beck – heads to the Waveform Transmitter to deliver our latest mix, so fasten your seatbelts because this one is a beast. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight presents.
Those familiar with techno titan Gary Beck will almost certainly be aware that he has recently reignited his Sosak moniker for a release on his own BEK Audio imprint. This is the third release for Beck under the alias, and heralds a return to a harder sound – no complaints here! His previous releases were taken under the Overlee Assembly wing, the first being in 2013, and the second in 2015, so it has been a short hiatus for Sosak – we welcome the reinstatement with open ears.
Chaos Cloud was released back on April 8th and, as we’ve already mentioned, takes on a much more industrial, darker tone than Beck‘s work under his own name. The techno triple-header is purebred, peak-time warehouse techno, perfect for pulverising a crowd into supplication. If you’re thinking dark rooms, sweat dripping from the ceiling, and a baying crowd going totally apeshit then you’re pretty much getting what this EP is all about.
The EP opens with Sosak‘s title track, Chaos Cloud (which, incidentally, is the second in our exclusive Waveform Mix, from the producer). We are treated to six minutes of maceration, as the producer cuts through our earlobes with scythe-like textures. A panic-inducing bassline is punctuated by killer kicks, for a furious first track that simply doesn’t let up throughout.
The Que Skip continues the trend, this time throwing in some of the most frenetic percussion you are likely to hear this year. The top-end drums rattle off tommy-gun style, with echo effects adding to the turbulence of the track, which is largely percussion-based (save for the rumbling sub-bass and minimal synth stabs) – the beat programming certainly takes centre stage here.
The closing track Back to the Testing, opens up with a distorted sample that sounds like Street Fighter II on speed, which permeates nicely though the heavy, booming kicks. This segues in the vocal sample, which rises in clarity and intensity as the track progresses. The break at the two-minute mark is a hair-bristling moment that would undoubtedly stick a rocket up any audience’s arse and detonate it without a second thought. Sonic boom!
We are delighted to welcome Sosak to our Waveform mix series, with a contribution that will round off your week with a swift punch in the throat. The session features several unreleased demos, so you really are being treated here. If you like your techno hard and fast, this will be right up your dark, dank alleyway. Just don’t blame us when you blow your amp. Tracklist below.
PHL KRN x SPDJ – drn_gtr_
Sosak – Chaos Cloud
BL – Challenge & Resist
Sosak – The Que Skip
Dimi Angelis – Riding The Storm
Sosak – Back To the Testing
Sosak – Autovogue
Chris Liebing – Analogon (Steve Rachmad Remix)
Sosak – Buy This Wreck
Insolate – Barking Up The Wrong Tree