A native of the Sacramento area but now based in New York, experimental producer Lee Bannon is a bit of a shapeshifter, finding his place in a number of scenes not normally connected. He first came up in the world of hip-hop, independently releasing beat tapes and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the biz like Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics. He’s also produced and contributed as a DJ for Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew. Eventually Bannon turned his focus to a more untraditional, anti-fad sound, one rich with drum ‘n’ bass and jungle influences, and ultimately released his debut LP Alternate/Endings in January 2014 on Ninja Tune. The album received praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone>, The Guardian and many other media outlets. Now, fresh off a country-wide tour with hardcore band Trash Talk and experimental hip-hop group Ratking, Bannon has announced that his second full-length Pattern of Excel will be released on July 10, 2015, also on Ninja Tune.
“Pattern of Excel again signals a movement away from the ground he’s already covered and toward his own vision of the leftfield future,” the official press release stated. “Gone are the rapid fire breaks and growling B-lines of his debut, replaced instead by a considered exploration of ambient soundscapes and drone influences.” The first track to be shared of the album, “Artificial Stasis,” is available online to stream now at Soundcloud.com/bannon. You can pre-order the 15-track album now at Ninjatune.net.