Ben Long has his debut on EPM with techno minimalism of Toltec. Ben has been around since the 90s and was in technoists Space DJz.
Toltec is out in a couple of weeks. It’s a quality piece of central American influenced techno and comes with remixes from Detriot Grand Pubahs and Darko Esser. The original is eight minutes of classy techno, allowing it space to build, which is what makes these short clips so annoying. The DGP remix takes the track to a darker club and ups the hardness of the beats. Darko Esser provides the weaker mix, with a dubby version that doesn’t quite gel.
Given the shortness of the clips, how about a guest mix by Ben from 1996:
Release date: 17 November 2014
Vinyl distribution via Clone: www.clone.nl
Also available digitally on all all good download and streaming outlets
Making his EPM debut is none other than Ben Long from UK techno mainstays, Space DJz, with a new solo EP entitled ‘Toltec’.
‘Toltec’, meaning ‘artist’ hails from an ancient language of Mexico. Unlike the Aztecs or Mayans who came later, The Toltecs were a society of artists and spiritual seekers who came together more than two thousand years ago to establish cities and build Teotihuacán, north of Mexico City known as “the place where humans awake and remember their divinity.”
Taking his lead from this spiritual ethos, ‘Toltec’ sees Ben stepping away from the blistering techno of Space DJz, to a more minimal approach that’s thoughtful and melodic, as it builds from its soaring intro into a raw and grinding groove. Providing a different slant are Detroit Grand Pubahs who dive straight in with a hefty kick and Wolfskuil’s Darko Esser with his punchy, drum-led remix.
Exclusive to the digital format is Ben’s Extended Mix of ‘Toltec’, a stripped electronica version (Late Night Mix), plus the epic sounds of bonus track, ‘Olmec’ to round off an emotional and expressive EP.