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Young American PrimitiveYoung American Primitive

Label:ZoëMagik Records – ZM-CD001
Format:
CD, Album
Country:US
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Genre:Electronic
Style:Breakbeat, Trance, Ambient

Tracklist

1Intro0:20
2Trance Formation6:05
3Flux0:45
4Young American Primitive6:05
5Ritual6:11
6Sunrise8:03
7Daydream4:20
8Over And Out6:50
9These Waves6:48
10Monolith Part One5:06
11Monolith Part Two7:26
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  • Barcode: 7 58228 00012 7
  • Barcode (Scanned): 758228000127
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): DIDX-018978 : 1

Other Versions (2)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Young American Primitive (CD, Album)ZoëMagik RecordsZM-CD001US1993
New Submission
Young American Primitive (11×File, MP3, Reissue)ZoëMagik RecordsnoneUS2010

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Numanoid's profile picture
Numanoid
Top ambient-techno-dub album, hasn't dated a bit. A pioneering release!
electropolyphonic's profile picture
electropolyphonic
Got to be in the ten electronic/dance albums of all time, a masterpiece in every respect.
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ross.finnie
A really amazing album. Sunrise in particular never gets old for me, but no track on this is a letdown tbh.
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WILLitBURN
Anyone know the old film dialogue source(s) he used on this release? It kind of sounds like it could all be from the same movie. I've tried googling some of it but I've yet to turn anything up. I first discovered the masterpiece of Sunrise on the Solar Quest-selected ambient compilation "Freezone 1" in 1994 and I've wondered about the dialogue ever since...
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asip
What a classic. Sunrise, damn. Digitals up on Bandcamp! https://youngamericanprimitive.bandcamp.com/album/young-american-primitive
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spaceface01
Edited 3 years ago
I originally left this comment on the other CD but better here where most people will land. Can the powers that be please do a vinyl issue for what is surely one of the best electronica albums ever made? I originally wanted 3x12" but i think 4 would do it more justice, giving most tracks a full side. If Sunrise doesn't get a side of its own then all sense in the world has gone.
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Ambient-forest-owls
Edited 6 years ago
"Sunrise" most amazing track....one of the best I'v heard in long while,.
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alexeykh
Edited 11 years ago
Was this album released on vinyl? I thought I had the 12" but maybe it was just the single.
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SamPope
Edited 17 years ago
Released over a decade ago, Young American Primitive's first and only (released) album is a superb example of timeless early 90's ambient house. The intro (a sample taken from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Rope") perfectly sets the mood for the dark ambience of "Trance Formation". The dark groove overlaid with sudden breaks of refrained melody reminds me of FSOL's "Papua New Guinea". Another quirky sample sets up the albums sole single release "Young American Primitive" or just "Y.A.P." Although very melodic (and definitely enjoyable), this track hasn't aged as well as the rest of the album. The superb calm, assured groove of "Ritual" follows.

What follows at this point can only be described as ambient, down-tempo heaven. "Sunrise" is melodic, yet minimal, dark, understated, and damn near perfect. Maybe the most calming piece of music I've ever heard. The euphoric yet eerie "Daydream" follows, before the spatial groove of "Over & Out" brings us back to earth. People who've heard Sasha & John Digweed's Northern Exposure will be familiar with "These Waves" which features easily one of the most satisfying tribal grooves to ever be burned to CD, not to mention a gorgeous soaring melody. The dark, dubby minimalism of "Monolith Part One" brings the album to it's most rambunctious, and weakest song, "Monolith Part Two". Like "Y.A.P.", not un-enjoyable, but not quite of the same quality as the rest of the album. But aside from these two songs, the rest of the album is phenomenal. Believe the hype, and track this album down. You won't regret it.