New DnB mix: Kongkast # 181 – feat. Seba (Secret Operations, Metalheadz, Hospital / Sweden)
Yes! We are finally back from our unscheduled month away. Many apologies to those who have been missing and messaging us about our current schedule.
But not to worry, we are now back for 2012’s final month of mixes, and this week, we bring to you a Swedish producer Sebastian Ahrenberg aka Seba (Secret Operations, Metalheadz, Hospital / Sweden).
Established a reputation as one of the finest purveyors of quality drum & bass over a distinguished career stretching back over 15 years. From his early tracks on LTJ Bukem’s ground‐breaking label Good Looking Records to his recent debut LP ‘Return to Forever,’ Seba’s music has retained a timeless appeal and brings together beats and bass in classic style.
Having 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.
Many thanks to SEBA for this mix, and thank you to Example Media UK for supporting and linking us up with their roaster and artists.
KONGKAST #181 – feat. SEBA (Secret Operations, Metalheadz, Hospital / Sweden)
(artist – title – label)
1. Gerwin – Lonely – IM:ltd
2. Seba – Identity – Secret Operations
3. Seba – Cant describe – Secret Operations
4. Seba – Nothing can replace – Secret Operations
5. Seba – Too much too soon – Secret Operations
6. Seba – Whats your fantasy – Secret Operations
7. Mercy & Hollow crooks – Outline – Samurai Music
8. Paradox – Marxism – Paradox music
9. Seba – Balance of power – Secret Operations
10. Mr Joseph & Andyskopes – Call for arms – Secret Operations
11. Seba – Welcome to our world – Spearhead records
12. Naibu & Key – Just like you – unknown
13. Seba – Madness – Secret Operations
More info about SEBA: (Bio taken from Esp International)
Swedish producer Sebastian Ahrenberg has established a reputation as one of the finest purveyors of quality drum & bass over a distinguished career stretching back over 15 years. From his early tracks on LTJ Bukem’s ground‐breaking label Good Looking Records to his recent debut LP ‘Return to Forever,’ Seba’s music has retained a timeless appeal and brings together beats and bass in classic style. Ethereal atmospheres, crisp breaks and sublime bass rhythms are hallmarks of a sound he has made his own, with releases across the very best labels including Metalheadz, Soul:r, Hospital and his own Secret Operations. Seba’s sound is distinctive, finely balanced and powerful and his DJ sets represent this to the fullest. Keeping up the pressure in 2010, his next releases include remixes for Polar and Naibu plus singles due on Hospital, 31 Records and 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.
The first release on Secret Operations came in the form of a compilation CD entitled ‘Case One’, bringing together music from Alaska, Lotek and Seba himself under his Forme guise. Staying true to it’s name, the label then went deep undercover only to resurface again in 2003 to present the 12inch single ‘Pieces/Banett’ by Seba and Lenk. 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. More recently Seba has collaborated with another longtime cohort, Krazy, on the tracks ‘High Priestess’ for Paradox Music and ‘Arsenic’ for DJ Marky’s Innerground label.
In late 2008 Seba released his first longplayer on Carharrt’s label Combination Records in conjunction with his own Secret Operations label. Described by Knowledge magazine as “an accomplished and timeless slice of drum & bass” (K‐Mag Sept 2008), the album will no doubt stand the test of time and shows Seba at his best delivering classic sound. He also featured twice on the Platinum 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’s also remixed her track ‘Face to Face’ and featured on Hospital Records’ Sick Music compilation with the release of ‘Snow.’ This will be followed by singles on 31 Records, Secret Operations and a follow‐up 12” for Hospital including the highly‐anticipated ‘Pressure Point’ in 2010. He also has remixes set for Polar (Warm Communications) and Naibu (Horizons), once again demonstrating his diversity as a producer and the lasting appeal of his unique sound.