by William Hancock.



A-Toniq – Found Peace.


“After a Journey Around the World of Music, Guitarist Puts Down the Roots”.

It’s not often that a guitarist finds a path into the world of Electronica and back out again in one piece. Matt Larner is one such musician. After training on guitar from the age of 14, formally qualified with a major in composition shortly after and support act credits to his name for Grinspoon and Def FX with his band Majik Lift, Larner embarked on a journey into the world of electronic dance music.

In 2003 Matt (Fine Diner) and his brother Tim (Sensient) founded a minimal progressive trance label under the name Zenon Records and soon after re-located to Japan to focus on producing progressive psychedelic trance. Fine Diner was released on Cosmic Conspiracy Records from New Zealand and Groove Zone in Japan and supported artists such as Ticon and Vibrasphere on the international circuit.

In 2011 Larner returned to Australia and began producing two different styles under the one moniker. A-Toniq. Nakai is a four track electronica EP loosely falling under the chillout banner and inspired by the four seasons in Tokyo. Acoustic and electronic instruments are utilised in the composition that brings to life a number of different aspects of downbeat, with delicate and subtle elements of guitar present as well as the deeper electronic synths found in the world of trance production.

Late last year Larner made a full circle, returning to his roots with the independent release of an instrumental guitar album that seems to voice this musicians true passion for music. Found Peace is a composition that revels in the ether of relaxation. Chord structures and arrangements found in traditional folk music are contrasted by an at-times rockier edge to bring an album that guides one on a journey to both inner and outer space. Larners finger-work is refreshingly understated as he opts more for feeling than exhibitions of technical prowess. The clean and bright guitar production borrows from an almost 12 string sound, leading to the question of exactly what type of guitar was used through the album.

It seems the best is still to come from this musician as he delves into the natural abilities of his obviously talented skills. Perhaps a closer merger between the electronic and acoustic elements of the name that will surely lead to another level of artistic composition. A-Toniq.

Matt Coldrick – Music for a Busy Head, Vol. 1. 


“Hard-dance Goes Soft with Deep Ambient Re-release”.

Matt Coldrick has a colourful past, having been part of a popular psychedelic trance act ‘Green Nuns of the Revolution‘ with Dick Trevor and Neil Cowley. This unit was formed in 1994 and still performs in various forms today. Coldrick has also released music under the moniker ‘Pan Electric‘, at one stage collaborating with the ambient heavy-weight producer Ishq.

After developing an interest in vibrational healing and sound therapies, Coldrick produced Music for a Busy Head, Volume 1. Seven tracks written to correspond with the seven chakras of the human body or etherically,  the seven colours of the visible light spectrum. “It helps me get to sleep” he states.

Designed for deep relaxation, all of tracks sit below 65 beats per minute with each written in a key that corresponds to the vibration of an energy centre within the human body. Listening to the album from start to finish will assist one in entering a semi-conscious state, where the bodies natural repair systems can kick in for some deep self healing. Through changes in the timbre, volume, note, resonance and key of the tracks, Coldrick carries us into the realms of deep-ambient sound healing.

First released in 2001 on the Absolute Ambient record label, the album has been unavailable for several years. The present re-release is under the  Pink Lizard Music banner.

Deeply relaxing, well composed and highly produced this meditation masterpiece is a must in any spiritual warriors quiver.

Another Fine Day – A Good Place To Be.


“Another Cult-Classic From Solo Downtempo Producer Finds It’s Place”.

21 years after Another Fine Days’ Tom Green released the ambient-dub, cult-classic Life Before Land, he returns with a fresh basting of ambient-jazz styling in their latest release A Good Place To Be, out now on Interchill.

Fusing natural soundscapes with jazz, percussion and a smattering of instrumental electronica, the ambient and downtempo styles embraced in A Good Place To Be provide the listener with a captivating journey into the realms of natural music and sound. Birds and insects blend with jazz infused keyboards, ambient percussive punctuations, atmospheric synth pads and halting time signatures. Covering a spectrum of musical styles and genres this album doesn’t fit into any narrow slots, with synthetic and natural sounds and music creating a collage of sonic artwork across the board.

Greens’ colourful and varied past is apparent in the composition of this album. Rising from a post-punk outfit in the late seventies, blending with outfits including Baka Beyond, The Orb and Natacha Atlas and writing screen music for the likes of the BBC through his music production company Apollo Music, he contributes regularly to quality music libraries for Universal Music, EMI Production Music and Accorder Music. Tom also dabbles in various unique side projects including an ambient commission released in 2012 called Music For Tai Chi and a composition designed for installation in a new MRI scanner complex at the Royal Infirmary in Bristol, UK; Music For MRI Scanners.

Track 2 on the album A Good Place To Be, called And Dream of Seals blends affected bird calls with melodic keyboards and mallet percussion to create atmospherics that sit delicately over a bed of subtle beats, set back in the mix. Rising to an excited cacophony of oscillators supplying the playful seals in a wash of percussive waters, this downtempo creation is topped by an icing of electronic synthesis.

Enfolded is an ambient piece, wrapping the listener in temperate washes of electronic waves created using progressively arranged atmospheric synth pads, punctuated quietly yet powerfully with almost a hint of angelic brass in the wind.

From Tiny Acorns embraces Eastern-influenced strings and mallets in a percussive melody lifted by a bed of progressive, oscillator-effected beats. Atmospheric pads complete the palette as the track rises to the rhythmically melodic crescendo of a string-infused summit, all while the beats track nicely through the piece.

The influence of World Music on A Good Place To Be should not be overlooked. Subtle yet distinct, the instrument selection and devices used in the composition reflect a global connection transcending cultural boundaries and merging into a cohesively international blend of sound. Greens background producing with the likes of Abdul Tee Jay and his side project Newanderthal clearly influence this albums creation and its Remixes.

Even at these early stages of release, Another Fine Days’ new album A Good Place To Be obviously has the heavyweight staying power to become another cult classic in the lighter and more delicate styles of the ambient and downtempo music genres.

by William S. Hancock.

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