Review: When you hear the name Seba, you want to be blown away by technical agility and a swathe of electronically-charged emotion. "Inside Yourself" does not disappoint, taking dark, old school sounds to another level thanks to a ton of techno inspiration and relentless hypnotic beats. It's progressive in both style and form as it rolls on and on, taking shape slowly, unfurling into a monster of a late-night anthem. "Berberian Sound" takes tribal inspired drums and adds stabs of colour through synths and atmospherics, creating a nightmarish soundscape of twisting, writhing bass. Insomnia never sounded so good.
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: Rewind: It's 2008, D&B is enjoying one of its many golden era (the rise of Sigma, Brookes Brothers, Chase & Status and many more modern day heavy hitters) and Dutch don Seba consolidates a decade of 12" scuds with his debut album. A heady jungle homage with traces of jazz and deep tech, it was one of the year's most critical D&B documents. Now fully remastered, it's just as impeccable and densely textured now as it was seven years ago: from the blissful brush strokes of "Silicone" to the snarling Headz-hurting "Special Ops" by way of the Bukemesque majesty that is "Forever", this remastered re-release is perfectly timed for D&B's current era... Which may well be noted as golden in years to come.
Nothing Can Replace (feat Kirsty Hawkshaw - John B remix) - (5:07) 175 BPM
Too Much Too Soon (feat Little Jinder - Blu Mar Ten remix) - (4:48) 175 BPM
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: A very special release here from Swedish badman Seba, where 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. "Life Is" meanwhile, 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: One of drum & bass's most enduring craftsmen, Seba returns to his own Secret Operations stable with two more instant vintages. Flexing his distinctive drum dynamics from the off, "Stasis" is all about the rhythm intricacies as the drums play wildly over soft dreamy beds of synths and faraway spacy vocals. "Inner World" follows on a darker flex with some wonderfully warped bass tones, fickle drum switches and cold, crispy Headz style aesthetics.
Review: The one and only Seba returns once again with new sparring partner Jr Vallo. Last spotted on Fokuz and soon-to-appear on Spearhead together, here we find them going toe-to-toe on Seba's ever-essential Secret Operations. "-15" is a first class ticket to the furthest corners of the cosmos on a bumpy rocket that's so barbed and dangerous you may find it's a one-way trip. Fittingly the second track is titled "Bon Voyage". Less drama and more introspection but loaded with similar sci-fi sentiments, listen and hear as a Good Looking universe unfolds before your very ears. Beautiful - as always from Secret Ops.
Review: "Delusions" by itself is a ballsy rush through warehouse atmosphere and deep, thundering bass. What else did you expect from the man like Seba, especially when paired with the ice cold mentality of Paradox? It's a kind-of industrial-meets-old school sound and we're all into it. Finally released on Seba's weighty Secret Operations label after teasing fans for months, "Future Now" is on the flip, placing on-point production alongside darkly rumbling bass and cymbal-heavy percussion.