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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Singles & EPs

Seba - Don't Wanna Lose You album art Seba Don't Wanna Lose You Combination Records Germany 2006 Sell This Version
Seba - Exodus / Power Of Love album art Seba & Robert Manos Seba & Robert Manos - Exodus / Power Of Love Horizons Music UK 2006 Sell This Version
Seba - Warriors / Legion album art Seba Warriors / Legion Secret Operations Sweden 2007 Sell This Version
Seba - Day By Night / As Long As It Takes album art Seba Day By Night / As Long As It Takes Secret Operations Sweden 2008 Sell This Version
CORE 059-1 Seba - Blaze & Fade Out / Special Ops album art Seba Blaze & Fade Out / Special Ops(12") Combination Records CORE 059-1 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
Seba - Dangerous Days / High Voltage (Seba Remix) album art Seba Dangerous Days / High Voltage (Seba Remix) Warm Communications US 2009 Sell This Version
Seba - 34 Alpha album art Seba 34 Alpha Secret Operations Sweden 2009 Sell This Version
Seba - The Joy (Face To Face) album art Seba & Kirsty Hawkshaw Seba & Kirsty Hawkshaw - The Joy (Face To Face) Secret Operations Sweden 2010 Sell This Version
Seba - Never Let You Go / This Is Our House album art Seba Never Let You Go / This Is Our House Warm Communications US 2010 Sell This Version
Seba - Pressure Point / Distance album art Seba Pressure Point / Distance Metalheadz Platinum UK 2010 Sell This Version
31R049 Seba - Don't You Love Me Anymore / Keep Me Waiting album art Seba Don't You Love Me Anymore / Keep Me Waiting(12") 31 Records 31R049 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Seba - Welcome To Our World / Future Sound album art Seba Welcome To Our World / Future Sound Spearhead Records UK 2011 Sell This Version
Seba - Vanity / Nostalgia album art Seba Vanity / Nostalgia Warm Communications US 2011 Sell This Version
Seba - Before I Can Breathe / The Music album art Seba & Physics (2) Seba & Physics (2) - Before I Can Breathe / The Music Secret Operations Sweden 2011 Sell This Version
SECOPS015 Seba - Heavy Traffic album art Seba & Method One Seba & Method One - Heavy Traffic(12") Secret Operations SECOPS015 Sweden 2011 Sell This Version
Seba - Nightrider / Sharkskin album art Seba Nightrider / Sharkskin Nu-Directions UK 2012 Sell This Version
Seba - Too Much Too Soon album art Seba Too Much Too Soon Secret Operations UK 2012 Sell This Version
Seba - Shades Of Me And You / Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix)  album art Seba Shades Of Me And You / Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix) (Single) Warm Communications US 2013 Sell This Version
Seba - Cold Spring / Addicted album art Seba Cold Spring / Addicted Spearhead Records UK 2014 Sell This Version
Seba - Mesmerism EP album art Seba Mesmerism EP (EP) Secret Operations Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
Seba - Inside Yourself / Berberian Sound album art Seba Inside Yourself / Berberian Sound Secret Operations Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
Seba - Nichoho / Sienna album art Seba Nichoho / Sienna Warm Communications US 2015 Sell This Version
Seba - Remix album art Seba Remix Secret Operations UK 2015 Sell This Version
Seba - Jungle Music / Cloudless album art Seba Jungle Music / Cloudless Secret Operations Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
Seba - FOUR:FIT EP 07 album art Seba FOUR:FIT EP 07 (EP) Soul:r UK & Europe 2016 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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