Lee Bannon

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Lee Bannon
Glass Lands venue in Brooklyn - 2013
Background information
Origin Sacramento, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, jungle, drum and bass, breakcore, ambient, Drone
Occupation(s) Producer
Instruments Computer, various drum machines & synthesizers ,guitar
Years active 2010–present
Labels Ninja Tune
Associated acts Joey Bada$$
Notable instruments
Roland sp-555 sampler

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 (2012-2015)[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]

On march April 27, 2015 Bannon announced his second LP "pattern of excel" via Resident Advisor along with the first single from the album "Artificial Stasis".[11] The announcement of his second LP came with the news that the album would be almost completely ambient music [12]


In an interview with VICE, Bannon cited RZA and Goldie as key influences, along with Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, and fellow Sacramento natives Death Grips.[13]


Albums (as Lee Bannon)[edit]

  • Pattern of Excel (Ninja Tune, 2015)
  • Alternate/Endings (Ninja Tune, 2014)

EPs (as Lee Bannon)[edit]

  • Fantastic Plastic (Plug Research, 2012)
  • Place/Crusher (2013)

Misc (as Lee Bannon)[edit]

  • Because i care (Self, 2014)
  • Hyper/Eclipse (Self, 2014)
  • Deep/Future (Self, 2014)
  • Blood/Line (Self, 2014)
  • Heretic/Priscillian Acid (Self, 2014)
  • Telaporthrª/Untitled (Self, 2015)
  • 00:21:18 (OTHER PEOPLE, 2015)


  • Spit Three Times - Neneh Cherry ("Blank Project" 2014) [XLR8R, 2014]

Production credits with Joey Bada$$ / Pro Era[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)