The last few years has seen a bit of a return to breakbeat and jungle, often from producers who’ve been busy with other beats looking to brief new life into some staid tech house or dub. Of course, there’s also been plenty of people who’ve been putting out great stuff all along, ploughing them there fields and not have their heads turned by whatever is flavour of the month. Me? Shit, well, I’m always happy to roll with whatever seems popular (or at least popular to some weird level) if I dig it - but I can’t pretend to have been paying much attention to those breaks - maybe since the arse-end of DnB or at least some Full Cycle related stuff from just after the turn of the millennium when the 90s waves crashed over 2K and then slowly rolled back towards the horizon. e.g. I’m no expert. But I do dig a rolling set of drums and skittering hi hats which I cannot fathom but can move to - although I will happily hold my hand up to being a shocking, if enthusiastic, dancer. And with plodding dubstep or 4:4 house I do find that I yearn for a bit of rhythmic mayhem… Just maybe not constant I-can’t-keep-up-with-this-anymore breaks/breaks/breaks… and so thank god for the new Lee Bannon LP. This has been on the headphones for weeks and I still find new corners and hidden treasure in each track. From the pacman-a-gogo of NW/WB to the 1 finger melody of 216 and the new soul of title track Alternate/Endings - loads of styles but each with a perplexing bit of science eating into the core, re-modelling the tracks or just a straight up banger. Not that I’ve been hearing many new LPs this year but I’ve yet to hear one to beat this. Hey, I hope I will! But for the time being I’ll still be happy strolling along with this soundtracking the emerging spring.