Review: Part one from his sophomore album Identity marks the return of the Swedish techmiester Seba and hints at the range of exciting material he's got loaded for us. The title track is all spiky and early electro with just a smidgen of LFO acidity and a spoken word vocal that sounds a bit like Will Self. "Nothing Can Replace" finds itself at the other end of the spectrum; all euphoric, dreamy and synth-washed it's not dissimilar with the work Bungle did with Riya a year or two ago. What a contrast. What a comeback!
Review: Part two of three, here we find more audio extremities from Seba on another selected duo from his second album Identity. "Can't Describe" is a slippery, soulful affair that sits somewhere between the remits of Soul:R and Critical. "Balance Of Powers", meanwhile, flips the switch with some of the most punishing drums Seba's programmed in years. Think Renegade Hardware, think Seba's mate Klute; with occasional trumpet blasts and a warping bassline, it's Seba at his most heavyweight... And we love it.
Review: The final part of Seba's album vinyl triptych, it's yet another display of the Scandinavian veteran's versatility. "Madness" takes a series of Plastikman-style spiralling acid lines and twists them into a web of audio insanity. Just like the previous samplers, "What's Your Fantasy" couldn't be further from the late night angst of the A-side; jazzy, sexy and positively Balearic in its charms, you'd barely notice its subtle 170 tempo.
Review: Swedish sound controller Seba has dented 2015 with continuous and consistent releases, re-issues and remixes. This could quite easily be his best yet, though; "Jungle Music" is an ode to the era he first made his name. Dark, twisted and dangerous; there are many jungle tributes around right now but this is definitely one of the most authentic. "Cloudless" flips the switch with rolling soul style. Comprising warm humming subs, floaty trumpets and star-gazing synths, it plays the consummate counter to the devilish lead banger. Classic Seba.
Review: With summer ready to explode all over our schedules, this remix package couldn't have come at a better time. First up is John B's manic stepping beat that rips up Kirsty Hawkshaw's gorgeous lyrics in "Nothing Can Replace". Fresh and fast-paced, it's a true floor filler. On the other side, champions of intelligent, beautiful drum and bass Blu Mar Ten slot their ebullient basslines perfectly into "Too Much Too Soon", moving the rhythm with smooth rolling snare taps - with Little Jinder's unique voice piercing through washes of sound.
Review: This track recalls the good old days of the 'speed era' and the sound that Seba used to do on Good Looking Records. "Forever" is a track based on amen, lush pads and a heavy bassline that will make you remember the past.
Review: Part two of two; Seba continues to stretch his production might with impressive results. "Life Is" is Seba at his deepest and most contemplative. With insistent pads, whimsical synth flurries, obese subs and a rhythm dynamic that builds subtly, it lives up to the EP's title in every way. "Science Fiction" is much harder hitting thanks to brash cymbal splashes, harrowed hollow bass and a foreboding top textures. Think Metalheadz and you get the picture. Mesmerizingly good...Seba, we salute you.
Review: The first of a very special two-part release from Swedish badman Seba, here his love for sci-fi and futuristic production is showcased in full effect. "Mesmerism" is a powerful slice of dark half-tempo drama. All moaning hoovers, stark synth hits and chubby percussion, it will stop the entire club in its tracks. "Physickl" is a more upbeat affair. Boasting synth sounds that aren't far off your classic Orbtial motifs, it taps into the richest veins of rave heritage. Quintessential Seba.
Review: With a collaborative history that spans over a decade - munching space on labels such as Critical, Hospital and Horizons - Seba and Paradox's successful partnership is one of ice cold clarity. This return to Swedish strong-arm Secret Ops is no exception as their sinewy sonics flex with stern dynamics; "Delusions" is a crafty riser with darkened vocals, pitched snares and subtle edits. "Future Now" is a much darker slab of jungle. A palpitating sub is smothered by rusty drums, twisted reeces and pads so demonic they could be sections. Powerful.
Review: These two artists have brought us funky breaks for over a decade. Both of them being totally devoted to breakbeats, and the 95-97 era of drum & bass. "Red Tears": Seba & Paradox return in a new way that few would have foreseen. This track builds up with a programmed 2-step break and a pulsating bass. Eerie vocals are dubbed over chopped in breaks, and oscillating synth pads before the track breaks down. The feel is very laidback yet intense. "Fire Like This": Pitched-shifted apache breaks and vocal samples introduces this track to a heavy sub bass. The track rolls out to a breakdown, where it changes to a more intense break. This one sounds bad on big rig. The bass is taking over the whole track and puts you in a trance, while the beats move the track forward.
Review: Drum and bass artist Seba is no stranger to receiving phenomenal feedback on his outputs. Swedish Sebastian Ahrenberg has been making music for more than a decade and first released on the label Good Looking many moons ago. Constantly evolving and ever changing, Seba sets standards within the drum and bass realm with his ethereal atmospheres, crisp breaks and sublime basslines defining his territory. "Before I Can Breathe" rolls out with a steppy beat and old skool Reese bass, but it's the haunting vocals that make this track stand out from the crowd and ease it into a melancholic and sensual piece. On the flip Seba's darker characteristics come out to play with an eerie string introduction that treads heavily into tight beats and dark distorted undertones.