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Review: Seba – Inside Yourself / Berberian Sound

In Drum & Bass by Joe Ponting

Review: Seba – Inside Yourself / Berberian Sound

Seba has built a 20-year career out of being resolutely himself. Ever since catching the ear of LTJ Bukem with Lo-tek collaboration ‘Sonic Winds’ in 1995, the Swedish producer has been striking out in his own direction, crafting a steady stream of golden drum & bass bangers, with a sound all of their own, and even taking a detour into house, putting out tracks on Svek under the pseudonym Sunday Brunch in the early 2000s.

On latest release ‘Inside Yourself’/‘Berberian Sound’ the tempo is firmly at 170 but the sounds draw on the producer’s beloved techno. An echoing metallic synth heralds the intro of the A-side, recalling the recent output from Rockwell, before opening out into Seba’s characteristic swooping atmospherics. ‘Berberian Sound’ is a more conventional d&b cut, a razor-sharp minimal beat anchoring warbling sub tones and precisely-placed vanishing arpeggios.

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