Review for ‘Alternate/Endings’ Album by Lee Bannon
Eclectic ever-changing producer Lee Bannon switches up his style on his newest release Alternate/Endings. You may be familiar with his past work the Fantastic Plastic LP; Big Toy Box; Caligula themed music; as well as production for Joey Badass and collaborations with Del the funky homosapien.
Lee just released Alternate/Endings on Ninja Tune an all drum & bass/jungle record label. Track 7 “216” is one of my favorites. The piano loop at the beginning reminds me of classic ragtime player Scott Joplin and the drum kicks that come in are done tightly. The track is atmospheric and ambient sounding while beat driven.
Track 2 “NW/WB” is some serious jungle with warped lovely sounding breaks and vocal samples which brings me back to sweating in warehouses on acid. I can’t stress the importance enough of him stepping into this genre expanding his repertoire. He tries it on like a glove and makes it fit like a second skin moving fluidly into new territories.
Track 9 “Value 10” has some of my favorite samples from Aphex twins “Hangable Auto Bulb EP” and is perfect on the move music.
Rhythm intact and sounds in place Lee Bannon is one of the handful of producers that is going to be a key player and taste maker in the future evolution of music/sound. I see similarities in his trajectory to early 90‘s beat making pioneer Luke Vibert/Wagon Christ.
In the current climate/direction of music Lee Bannon stands alone. I really recommend the album Alternate/Endings and that that you explore his amazing past catalogue of work.