Young American Primitive ‎– African Cosmopolitan

Geffen Records ‎– none
CDr, Album, Promo


1 Ab Origine 1:34
2 Emergence 6:37
3 Pangaea 9:17
4 Come Closer 12:47
5 Nonwhere 6:13
6 Energy & Information 10:15
7 Beyond 6:36
8 Telos 3:17


A small number of these CDRs were sent to the press in late 1997. The album was slated for commercial release on January 27, 1998. A single for "Beyond" was to be released in November 1997, as well. A video was completed for "Beyond" by Mind's Eye Media.


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November 14, 2018
I just bought this off Amazon for 11.98 USD, I'll edit this comment if it's real or not, lol.


October 26, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

When Greg Scanavino created his seminal eponymous debut back in '93, I feel sure he had no idea of the record company shenanigans that would follow with the now legendary non-release of African Cosmopolitan. This most avidly anticipated collection of songs suffered immensely from mistiming, not to mention the all-too cruel hiatus between the release of his first outing.

Upon aural scrutiny of the unreleased content of African Cosmopolitan, it is only too apparent that this was a rush job. Despite starting off with some promise, most notably with the track, Emergence, the quality dulls somewhat, where as Nonwhere temporarily lifts the proceedings.
As for the cut, Energy & Information... what was he thinking?

This guy was a talent, and despite seemingly peaking on his debut, Greg should be sought, re-installed into a suitably decent studio, and given more than a modicum of time to deliver what should've arrived a decade ago.


November 25, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

True, it's not as good as the first one, but Geffen screwed up not releasing African Cosmopolitan. If your one of the few lucky ones with CD-R promo, then the gods are smiling on you. It's better than 95% of all the other electronica that does make it to market. There are several tracks that are vintage YAP, combining old school trance with techno, and lots of special effects that make it leap out of your speakers. He does not sound like anyone else either. Someone should combine both of YAP's in a 2 CD box set.


April 10, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
It's sad that this album never saw the light, being the second and really anticipated release of YAP, a band that has achieved a sort of "mythical" and "uncertain" status (something like The Future Sound of London).

¿Does anybody know why this album was never released? It's really sad. I've heard it and it's wonderful.