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Liquid Liquid legend Dennis Young unfurls his ambient capsule ‘Quest’ for the first time on vinyl via South Korea’s Daehan Electronics
Originally the percussionist behind one of NYC’s most sampled dance tracks - Liquid Liquid’s ‘Cavern’, as ripped by Grandmaster Flash and loads more - Dennis Andrew Young would later drop his surname and sail down chromatic wormholes of new age ambient electronics on a handful of releases for his home-brewed Daylight Productions label.
Recorded at home in New Jersey over summer/fall 1986, ’Quest’ was issued as the 3rd self-release on Dennis’ label in 1987. Perhaps surprisingly for a private pressing, ‘Quest’ reached the South Korean market via Hee Jee Records, which is where Daehan Electronics step in, picking up where it left off to start a new reissue series looking at Dennis Andrew Young’s mid-late ‘80s releases. s
Tilting in which he cosmic synth washes and angelic vox of ‘Pathways’, the album wends a sublime path from 4th world ambient in ‘Mirage’ to beautifully percolated choral drift and melodic fancy with ‘Enchantment’, before Andrew Gomery chimes in with extra keys on the elegant waltz of ‘China Passage’, and he really tips over into lush, curdling tonal abstraction with ‘Ancient Vision’.
While Staubgold’s release of the ace, varied ‘Reel To Real’ album had previously alerted us that Dennis had more tricks up his sleeve than Liquid Liquid, this album still arrives as the lushest surprise.