Lee Bannon

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Lee Bannon
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Lee Bannon at glasslands in 2013
Background information
Origin Sacramento, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, jungle, drum and bass, ambient
Occupation(s) Producer
Instruments Laptop, various drum machines & synthesizers
Years active 2010–present
Labels Ninja Tune

Lee Bannon is an experimental producer from Sacramento, California.

Early career and Pro Era (2010-2012)[edit]

Lee Bannon first began to receive attention after self-releasing a number of homemade beat tapes from 2010 to 2012, eventually leading to collaborations with California rappers Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, and producer Alchemist.[1] Soon after, Bannon was introduced to Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew through a mutual friend. The relationship proved to be fruitful, with Bannon signing on as Pro Era's touring DJ in 2012 and having multiple production credits on Joey's mixtape Summer Knights.[2] He appeared alongside Joey and The Roots when Joey performed "Waves" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on November 2, 2012.[3][4]

Solo career and Alternate/Endings (2012-present)[edit]

After his time with Pro Era, Bannon began to explore a more experimental sound as a solo artist. In June 2013 he self-released "NW/WB", which showcased strong jungle and drum and bass influences and garnered a significant amount of press including Spin (magazine) who included bannon on there 5 Best New Artists in july of that year [5] drawing the interest of UK-based label Ninja Tune, who signed Bannon shortly after.[6] His full-length, entitled Alternate/Endings, was released on January 9, 2014 to critical success. Rolling Stone placed Alternate/Endings LP at number 15 of the 20 Best Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014.[7] [8][9][10]

Influences[edit]

In an interview with VICE, Bannon cited RZA and Goldie as key influences, along with Madlib, Aphex Twin, and fellow Sacramento natives DJ Shadow and Death Grips.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Alternate/Endings (Ninja Tune, 2014)

EPs[edit]

  • Fantastic Plastic (Plug Research, 2012)
  • Gnarlon Bando's Midnight Noir (2012)
  • CALIGULA THEME MUSIC 1 (2012)
  • CALIGULA THEME MUSIC 2.7.5 (2013)
  • Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it... (2013)
  • Place/Crusher (2013)

Production credits with Joey Bada$$ / PROERA[edit]

  • "Enter The Void" - Joey Bada$$ ft. Ab-Soul ("Waves" 2012)
  • "Run or Fly" - Joey Bada$$, Dirty Sanchez, CJ Fly, Capital STEEZ ("P.E.E.P: The Aprocalypse")
  • "Hillary $wank" - Joey Bada$$ (Summer Knights 2013)
  • "47 Goonz" - Joey Bada$$ ft. Dirty Sanchez and Nyck Caution (Summer Knights 2013)
  • "Satellite" - Joey Bada$$ ft. Chuck Strangers, Kirk Knight and Dessy Hinds (Summer Knights 2013)
  • "'95 Til Infinity" - Joey Bada$$ (Summer Knights 2013)
  • "'Greenbax (Introlude)" - Joey Bada$$ (B4.Da.$$ 2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Lee Bannon: Search/Destroy". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Goble, Corban. "Joey Bada$$ - Summer Knights Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Breihan, Tom. "Watch Joey Bada$$ Perform With The Roots On Fallon". Stereogum. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Gillespie, Blake. "Review: Sacramento by way of Brooklyn, Lee Bannon goes all throwback '90s on your ears". newsreview.com. Sacramento News and Review. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.spin.com/articles/5-best-new-artists-june-2013-priests-potty-mouth-migos-lee-bannon-sinjin-hawke/?slide=5
  6. ^ "http://www.factmag.com/2013/10/08/lee-bannon-signs-with-ninja-tune-announces-new-album/". FACT Magazine. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/20-best-edm-electronic-and-dance-albums-of-2014-20141216/lee-gamble-koch-20141216
  8. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Lee Bannon – Alternate/Endings Review". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Martin, Clive (10 January 2014). "Is Lee Bannon the man to sell jungle to America?". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Reynaldo, Shawn. "Podcast 335: Lee Bannon". XLR8R. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Martin, Lauren. "We Spoke to Lee Bannon About His Insane New LP, 'Alternate/Endings'". Vice Media. Retrieved 2 May 2014.