Arkestra One, δηλαδή Matthew Timoney, 32 ετών.
Γεννήθηκε στη Φινλανδία, αλλά ζει από μικρός στο Λονδίνο.
Το 2002 κυκλοφόρησε από την ESL ο δίσκος του «Arkestra One».
Τα φωνητικά στο άλμπουμ είναι από τη Nina Miranda, που έχει στο μεταξύ συνεργαστεί με τους Nitin Sawhney, Da Lata, Jah Wobble, Bebel Gilberto.
Matthew says: "The musical doors are wide open these days and that's got to be a good thing." And it is. Matthew has given us on his debut, a conglomerate of all the styles that have influenced him, each absorbed and finely tuned into Arkestra One's specific style. All the retro sounds jazz, Latin, lounge, soul, funk, soundtracks & ambient etc. are represented here not as a reproduction but as ingredients for a new type of sound. Sound rich in arrangements, smoothly layered and seductive no matter if you are jazzhead or soulman, downtempo guy or novice to all these styles and just trying to enjoy good music.
He became interested in music in the late eighties and started collecting records and making music. It was around this time that Timoney was drawn to the ambient/experimental music of artists like Irresistible Force, Aphex Twin and Coldcut. Air's Moon Safari was the catalyst for Timoney to search out his own musical persona. He recalls, "Their style was a blend of all the things I loved. Beautiful melancholic melodies woven to soundtrack style backings and breathtaking vocals. It really touched a nerve!"Nina Miranda has contributed hugely in defining the original sound of this album, both by her unique voice and as a co-author on several compositions. She added the final touch and that little something to round the story. Her roots are unavoidable and that gave us that rich Brazilian flavour on several tracks.
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