Young American Primitive (real name Greg Scanavino) is a prominent American producer/remixer, and one of the more popular acts to originate from the Bay Area's early 90s house scene. Released several 12"s and one full length CD on the San Francisco based label ZoëMagik, and made several compilation appearances, culminating with the sample heavy "These Waves" being included on Sasha and Digweed's Northern Exposure mix album. Apparently impressed by his remixing skills on Geffen Records release The Stone Roses' single "Begging You", Scanavino was signed by Geffen in '96 and finished his second full length album in late '97. The track "Beyond" was slated for single release in November '97 (complete with music video created by San Francisco based multimedia studio Mind's Eye Media), and the album, titled "African Cosmopolitan", was slated for a January '98 release, however, neither saw the light of day, and YAP was apparently dropped from the label. The ZoëMagik-released album was not re-released on Geffen due to unresolved sample clearance issues.
Scanavino returned to the electronic music scene in 2001 performing remix duties on two popular progressive house tracks, as well as collaborating with fellow American producer and DJ Jimmy Van M and vocalist Terra Deva on "Forget Time". In 2005, he contributed the track "Voyage To The Great Attractor" to DJ Jonathan Lisle for the second volume in Bedrock's Original Series.
The voice sampling in the "Intro" is from Alfred Hitchcock's Rope.
The voice samplings on the tracks "Flux" and "These Waves" are of Donald Pleasence from The Outer Limits episode "The Man with the Power" (1963).
The voice sampling on the track "Over and Out" beginning with "Did you know that 'if' is the middle word in life..." is of Dennis Hopper from the film Apocalypse Now during the scene when the boat finally arrives at COL Walter E. Kurtz's outpost and is met by Hopper's character.
Scanavino has moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, NY according to the address of YAP Lab, where he produced Voyage To The Great Attractor.
Young American Primitive LP:
"Intro" - 0:20,
"Trance Formation" - 6:05,
"Flux" - 0:40,
"Young American Primitive" - 6:08,
"Ritual" - 6:11,
"Sunrise" - 8:03,
"Daydream - 4:20,
"Over and Out - 6:50,
"These Waves - 6:47,
"Monolith Part One - 5:06,
"Monolith Part Two - 7:26