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Lee Bannon : Alternate/Endings

Lee Bannon - Alternate/Endings

As fine a job as acts like Rudimental have done in bringing the manic energy of what we used to call “jump-up” to a pop audience, the more hardcore end of the drum & bass spectrum remains a largely underground movement. Yet these are the brutal sounds that NY-via-Sacramento producer Lee Bannon has chosen to play with on his sophomore long player Alternate/ Endings, out January 13 via Ninja Tune: although he is better known for his hip hop flavoured beats – notably for rapper Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew – here Bannon unleashes a surprisingly aggressive whirlwind of clattering angular breaks and cinematic synths that recall the futuristic fury of the Metalheadz 12”s I used to hunt down as a jungle-loving teen. Tempered with icy ambient passages and playful moments that nod to the likes of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, Alternate/ Endings is a refreshing change of pace that posits Bannon as one of electronic music’s most versatile and exciting new talents. Stream the album in full via Pitchfork Advance and check out its centrepiece “216” below.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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