Shape Navigator 1994

You might remember that we had Shape Navigator (Peter Coyte) a while back, from the time in the early 90s that he was on Guerilla Records. He’s kindly sent over a few unreleased tracks for your listening pleasure. Of the four, go for Borealis.

Asked why he’d released the tracks, he said “I recently bought a DAT machine on Ebay and was going through my old tapes and have been on a bit of a nostalgia trip about Shape Navigator.” So, to the tracks. First, an early version of the track Flow, originally released on ALMO Records in 1995. This is a track of two halves. The first has a low key progressive house feel, almost tending towards ambient. But the female vocal (can’t find out who it is [edit – turns out to be Evon Brennan]) is a bit Zoe/Espiritu. The second half goes all Gaelic vocal and electronic funk. A definite improvement on the first half. Phoenix is from Shape Navigator’s third and last release on Guerilla Records (1994). This is a low key Balearic sounding guitar/piano track. Borealis is, I think, a previously unreleased track. and I fail to understand why. This is easily the pick of the four tracks. Lovely summer house track, picking up the pace with with electronic funk. Superb. The last is Study for Figures in a Floating Landscape. This is the track with the strongest ambient feel, but still has traces of an Ibizan beach from the guitar refrain. A bit dated now but still lovely.

Blurb: Peter is a composer and artist producing work in theatre, film and installations. Credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire Directed by Gemma Bodinetz, Macbeth starring David Morrissey & Julia Ford at The Everyman, Liverpool directed by Gemma Bodinetz, The Swallowing Dark written by Lizzie Nunnery, documentaries by Emmy award winning director Francois Verster, the Royal Opening of The new Darwin Centre at The Natural History Museum, Peepolykus, John Paul Zaccarini & Company FZ, Caroline Dorfman Dance Company, Big State Theatre Company, Holy Mountain, Gravity & Levity, Wrongsize and Mother Vision with David Sant. His Soundtracks include the feature length documentary films ‘Sea Point Days’, ‘The Mothers’ House’ (SAFTA and Cape Town Best Documentary, Premio Diocesi di Milano at The Milan Africa Festival) Directed by Francois Verster and the feature film ‘Fun” Directed by Rafal Zielinski. He began as Shape Navigator on Guerilla Records and was half of Ska/Punk/dub/Spoken Word duo SaltPeter with Salena Godden.

~ by acidted on May 29, 2012.

5 Responses to “Shape Navigator 1994”

  1. Your tumblr’s good. I’ve been thinking about getting one recently.

  2. Lovin’ it. Shape Navigator 12 inches are still a regular listen for me.

  3. The singer on Flow is Evon Brennan –
    The language she speaks at the end of the track is Irish Gaelic – can’t remember what she told me it meant!

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