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In Alternate/Endings, Californian producer Lee Bannon imagines an alternative lifeline for jungle music, reactivated in the US some 20 years after its clattering UK heyday.
The album carefully transplants the relevant ingredients – stuttering breakbeats, aggressively jostling basslines, moody background drones, vocal samples blaring from the mix – and reassembles them with a connoisseur’s ear for detail.
Modern resonances bring the experiment up to date, with the jazzy effects of “Value 10” echoing West Coast compatriot Flying Lotus and “Cold/Melt” incorporating the influence of Bannon’s work as underground hip-hop producer.
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