Lee Bannon signs with Ninja Tune, announces new album

Pro Era affiliate Lee Bannon is set to rub shoulders with Scruff, Bonobo et al.

The young Californian, who first came up as Joey Bada$$‘s go-to producer and tour DJ, has had a breakthrough year in 2013, largely down to his commendable see-what-sticks approach: his recent release schedule darts between classic boom-bap, stygian drone work, tweaked jungle and gloomy electronic pop. It’s a twisted tale, and his Bandcamp tells it best, hosting recent successes like Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5 and the ambient Never/Mind/The/Darkness/Of/It EP. He also filed a varied FACT Mix earlier this year, featuring a host of odd bedfellows (Mykki Blanco next to DJ Hype; Madlib sitting pretty near Source Direct).

In a post on their website, Ninja Tune have announced that Bannon has joined their roster. His first major release with the long-running imprint will be studio album Alternate / Endings, due on December 9.

To mark the signing, Bannon has released a new EP, Place/Crusher, for free. Head here to cop the release, presented as a single long track. Information about Alternate / Endings is currently scarce; in the interim, Bannon’s killer ‘YG&A’ is available to stream below.

Earlier this year, we sat down with Bannon to talk Zach Hill, Squarepusher, and becoming “the Stanley Kubrick of music”.

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