Seba

Real Name:
Sebastian Ahrenberg
Profile:
Drum 'n' Bass DJ and producer from Sweden. Label owner of Secret Operations.

Originating from Ingaro, an island just outside Stockholm, Sebastian Ahrenberg started producing in the early 90s. Working with a basic home studio, he experimented with breakbeats and techno before finding his own unique style in drum and bass. Released on Swedish label Svek, under the alias Sunday Brunch, his techno productions include some of his first collaborations with long-term studio spars Lenk and Robert Manos.

Seba’s track ‘Sonic Winds’, written together with Lotek, was among his first drum and bass productions to be released on Good Looking and was selected by label boss LTJ Bukem for his Logical Progression mix cd series. Further releases soon followed, from the sublime and soulful ‘Planetary Funk Alert’ to the rich and ethereal ‘Valley of the Moomins’, and marked Seba as one of the finest exponents of an emerging new style.

To showcase his music and bring like-minded artists to his native shores, Seba started the club night Secret Operations in 1997. From humble beginnings in a cellar bar named Tuben in central Stockholm, the club went on to long run of successful nights. By 1999 the club had given rise to a record label with the same name, with the first 12inch single, ‘Pieces’ / ‘Banett’ by Seba and Lenk released in 2001. Since then, the label has hosted Seba’s solo productions as well as work alongside his friend and fellow breakbeat pioneer, Paradox.

After years of discussing making music together, the pair finally joined forces and immediately made an impact with their first releases together on Bassbin (‘Frost’) and Freak (‘Planet, Stars’). Their single ‘Move On’ on Hospital Records, featuring the vocal talents of Robert Manos, was a massive success and proved their sound has both integrity and broad appeal.

In late 2008 Seba released his first longplayer on Carharrt’s label Combination. Described by Knowledge magazine as “an accomplished and timeless slice of drum & bass” (K-Mag Sept 2008), the album has no doubt stood the test of time and showed Seba at his best delivering classic sound. He also featured twice on the Platinum Breaks Series compilation for Metalheadz, with ‘Imperial Moment’ alongside Krazy and ‘Wild One’ featuring Robert Manos on vocals.

In 2009, Seba returned to Secret Operations for the single ’34 Alpha’ b/w ‘Devotion’ in collaboration with Kirsty Hawkshaw. He also remixed her track ‘Face to Face’ and featured on Hospital Records’ Sick Music compilation with the release of ‘Snow.’ This was followed by singles on 31 Records and Metalheadz in 2010. 2011 saw singles from Seba for Spearhead Records, Warm Communications, and Secret Operations, while 2012 brought a 12” for Nu Directions as well as a remix for Spearhead and an appearance on Klute’s Commercial Suicide ‘Compilation’.

Seba has spent most of 2012 in the studio working on his new album ‘Identity’ which is now completed and released in January 2013.

Seba’s DJ sets are the talk of legend with constantly energetic and emotive performances across the UK and Europe marrying his powerful production style with dancefloor sensibility. His sets at the Sun and Bass festival each year are always noted as highlights of the event for many.

One of the Drum and Bass scenes unique veterans, Seba is as relevant and important today as ever, continuing to inspire producers and fans alike.
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Albums

Seba - Return To Forever album art Seba Return To Forever (Album) Combination Records Germany 2008 Sell This Version
Seba - Identity album art Seba Identity (Album) Secret Operations UK 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Seba - Connected / Catch The Moment album art Seba Connected / Catch The Moment Looking Good Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Seba - Planetary Funk Alert / Camouflage album art Seba Planetary Funk Alert / Camouflage Looking Good Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
Seba - Valley Of The Moomins / Car Crash album art Seba Valley Of The Moomins / Car Crash Good Looking Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Seba / Boon (2) Seba / Boon (2) - Planetary Funk (Remix) / Artifax(Acetate, 10", W/Lbl) Not On Label (Secret Operations) none Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
none Blame / Seba Blame / Seba - Sphere (Seba Remix) / Predator(Acetate, 12", W/Lbl) Not On Label (Secret Operations) none Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
Seba - Soul 2000 / Waveform album art Seba Soul 2000 / Waveform Looking Good Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
720 011 Seba - Predator / The Lost Key album art Seba Predator / The Lost Key(12") 720 Degrees 720 011 UK 1999 Sell This Version
Seba - Unrevealed Stories album art Seba Unrevealed Stories (EP) 720 Degrees UK 2002 Sell This Version
Seba - Banett / Pieces album art Seba & Lenk Seba & Lenk - Banett / Pieces Secret Operations Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
Seba - Neophunk album art Seba Neophunk Idioma UK 2002 Sell This Version
Seba - Inside Your Mind / Hidden Reflections album art Seba Inside Your Mind / Hidden Reflections Secret Operations Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
Seba - Metropolaris / A Wonderful World album art Seba Metropolaris / A Wonderful World Warm Communications US 2003 Sell This Version
Seba - Cruising In Time / Secrets album art Seba / Seba & Chris J Seba / Seba & Chris J - Cruising In Time / Secrets Nu-Directions UK 2003 Sell This Version
Seba - Guidelines EP album art Seba Guidelines EP (EP) Purified Audio UK 2003 Sell This Version
Seba - Make My Way Home / In The Sun album art Seba Make My Way Home / In The Sun Offshore Recordings US 2003 Sell This Version
Seba - Captain Freak / Mandelkubb album art Seba & Lenk Seba & Lenk - Captain Freak / Mandelkubb Secret Operations Sweden 2004 Sell This Version
Seba - Breaks Selection / Electro Squad album art Seba Breaks Selection / Electro Squad Combination Records Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Seba - Steel / Piemo For B album art Seba Steel / Piemo For B Paradox Music UK 2004 Sell This Version
Seba - Shapeshifter / External Reality album art Seba Shapeshifter / External Reality Secret Operations Sweden 2005 Sell This Version
VBZWL001 Seba - Make Peace / Black Angels album art Seba / Subject 13 & Paradox Seba / Subject 13 & Paradox - Make Peace / Black Angels(12", Promo, Smplr, W/Lbl, Sti) Vibez Recordings VBZWL001 UK 2005 Sell This Version
VBZ028 Seba - Make Peace / Gold And Diamonds album art Seba Ft Robert Manos Seba Ft Robert Manos - Make Peace / Gold And Diamonds(12") Vibez Recordings VBZ028 UK 2005 Sell This Version
Seba - Forever / Your Deepest Love album art Seba Forever / Your Deepest Love Secret Operations Sweden 2006 Sell This Version
Seba - Perpetual / Back From Eternity album art Alaska (2) & Seba Alaska (2) & Seba - Perpetual / Back From Eternity Arctic Music UK 2006 Sell This Version

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lastmarine

lastmarine

October 24, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Seba is the key to the underground! You appreciate him after any level of exposure to dnb, and yet your appreciation for him only gets stronger the deeper you go. Two decades of dnb later MY appreciation for the man hasn't slipped an inch. Is he dnb's greatest producer? I think you'd be hard pressed to list too many other TRUE contenders.
spl3nd1d

spl3nd1d

December 3, 2013
Every genre has its own characters, so does drum and bass - e.g. Fabio and Hospital Records crew were innovators and/or founders of liquid funk, we have Kemal & Rob Data was the duo who had to deal with the infamous shady things around Messiah, everyone's favourite DJ Andy C, some guys who have sold out in the past years (I assume you could name a few), or left the scene permanently or temporarily (Corrupt Souls, Usual Suspects) - I think you got the idea.

So who is Seba in drum and bass? Where is his place?

In my 10+ years experience of drum and bass (ranging from hardcore Barcode material to LGR/GLR to techstep and neurofunk essentials) it somehow became obvious that Seba is one of the most overlooked, or ignored artists of drum and bass. This applies to the whole Scandinavian/Nordic scene as well.

Okay, Seba is not that overlooked as I say, you might be right. But think about it. Sebastian is rock solid when it comes to quality. Like he has never ever failed to amaze me with his releases. LGR, Horizons, Hospital, it does not matter for him - he always finds the perfect structures for various settings. No homo shit, but when I listen to Seba (or Future Prophecies, Teebee, Polar), I actually feel like he put his soul and true effort to his tunes.

I perfectly remember the days when I raved on discogs about how amazing Subtle Audio and Scientific Wax are, they are one of the last true, genuine fortresses of drum and bass. I think it's time to add Seba / Secret Ops to this humble list. If drum and bass was an epic fantasy movie, I think Seba would be a great protagonist.

Tunes of interest: Stone Cold (ft. Paradox), Planetary Funk Alert, Camouflage, Move On, and his EP on Idioma. Planetary Funk Alert is a reference track for atmospheric dnb.

p.s. with its early '00s Critical-esque sound with incredible ambient soundscapes as well, External Reality is one of the best tracks I have ever heard. By a long-long mile.

motiontracker

motiontracker

September 2, 2012
For my money this guy is one of the best, if not the best, DnB producers out there. Virtually every cut is deep atmospheric and musical, alongside razor sharp drum edits and cone destroying bass lines. Absolutely essential if you like your proper drum and bass...
tonumaa

tonumaa

May 2, 2012
In this day and age when we are living in the information overload, thus in music overload, producers must go over the edge in terms of quality and ideas. I think Seba has done that. Recent years have been the most exciting times in music history with countless talented producers popping up pratically every day. Seba is definately one of them. Can't even point out the best releases coz there are so many of them. Welcome to his world!
Mooseygander

Mooseygander

January 23, 2008
Think you don't like drum and bass? The intelligence, exuberance and beauty of Seba's work is likely to win most people over. The only downside is that so little is available on cd but the range of material is awesome. His Producer disc for Good Looking is hard to find but up there with the best of this vibe, there is progression, there is imagination and boy is there some bass. Seba moves between the space-tinged uplifting to the head shattering collaborations with other artists like Paradox. All I can say is that locking-on to this work has taken me on a mission through the best vein of bass workouts and quality dance. Check out his Svek contributions and the intensity and quality of the vinyl releases. Truly seminal, it only seems to get better and better.

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