Lee Bannon

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Lee Bannon
Glass Lands venue in Brooklyn - 2013
Background information
Also known as ¬ b, ¬ Bannon, Bannon
Origin Sacramento, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, jungle, drum and bass, breakcore, ambient, Drone, IDM
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 a producer from Sacramento, California, United States.

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 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]

Name Change to ¬ b[edit]

On May 26, 2015 Fact magazine posted to their site that Lee Bannon changed his moniker to the symbol " ¬ b " after a hand written note appeared explaining the change on Lee Bannon's instagram page.[13]

The following day Lee Bannon released the track "disneµ girls" [14] and stated that his upcoming album "pattern of excel" released July 10, 2015 would be his last under the name Lee Bannon. He reiterated the reason behind the name change was to escape the stigma of his earlier not as mature work and stated "the name i feel has reached its limits". The Name requires a key code consiting of the alt key in combination with the L key giving you the ¬ symbol meaning "not" and the lower case letter "b".[15]


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.[16]


Albums (as Lee Bannon)[edit]

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

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)


  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. ^ Reynaldo, Shawn. "Lee Bannon - Bannon_0 - 6". SPIN. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  6. ^ "http://www.factmag.com/2013/10/08/lee-bannon-signs-with-ninja-tune-announces-new-album/". FACT Magazine. Retrieved 2 May 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ Edwards, Gavin. "Lee Gamble, 'KOCH' - 20 Best EDM and Dance Albums of 2014". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  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. ^ "RA News: Lee Bannon follows the Pattern Of Excel on new album". Residentadvisor.net. 2015-04-22. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Lee Bannon announces Pattern Of Excel LP for Ninja Tune". Factmag.com. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  13. ^ "Lee Bannon changes his name to ¬ b". Factmag.com. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  14. ^ "premiere: lee bannon, disneµ girls | read | i-D". I-d.vice.com. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  15. ^ "Lee Bannon is now ¬b from this day forward | New Music". Impose Magazine. 2015-05-29. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  16. ^ Martin, Lauren. "We Spoke to Lee Bannon About His Insane New LP, 'Alternate/Endings'". Vice Media. Retrieved 2 May 2014.