Neighborhood Science

Neighborhood Science

by John Arnold
     
 

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Detroit had already established links to West London's broken beat massive when John Arnold stepped out with his first full-length, Neighborhood Science. Planet E's U.S. release of 2000 Black's The Good Good compilation, along with Recloose's dynamite Cardiology, all but made the Motor City

Overview

Detroit had already established links to West London's broken beat massive when John Arnold stepped out with his first full-length, Neighborhood Science. Planet E's U.S. release of 2000 Black's The Good Good compilation, along with Recloose's dynamite Cardiology, all but made the Motor City broken beat's second home. So this -- along with Ayro's own album, released almost simultaneously -- seals the connection. Also prior to this, Arnold had been known as a mover in his city, with 12" releases on Derrick May's Fragile and Transmat labels; he also had experience under his belt as a guitarist with the jazz groups Blackman & Arnold and Jazzhead. Neighborhood Science brings these two worlds together without struggle, with forward-looking beat construction married to an affinity for contemporary sounds that owe a thing or two to Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock's Columbia years. (An unfaithful cover of Future Shock's "Rough" is one of the album's most keyed-up tracks.) There are moments when Arnold seems satisfied enough after developing a groove that's merely nice and functional, and those weak spots usually come when he's not receiving some sort of help from his friends -- that said, it's good that there are only a couple songs where the likes of Ayro (vocals, Moog), Amp Fiddler (vocals, Rhodes), and Malik Alston (vocals) aren't pitching in. Like the best broken beat production teams, Arnold and his crew are able to twist their inspirations enough to avoid throwback status, and they're proficient enough to make club music that's as complex as it is contemporary. A loose, free-spirited album with oodles of bright energy emanating from its grooves, Neighborhood Science asks one question and one question only: why ask to only borrow sugar from the fellow next door when you can have him play keyboards and sing on one of your songs?

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Ubiquity
UPC:
0780661113614
catalogNumber:
11136

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Arnold   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
David McMurray   Tenor Saxophone
Amp Fiddler   Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Guest Appearance
Steve Nistor   Drums
Malik Alston   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ayro   Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Guest Appearance
James Simonson   Bass
Jason Charberno   Cello
Mady Kouyate   Kora,Guest Appearance
Kenny Robinson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bill Laswell   Composer
Bugsy Maugh   Composer
Amp Fiddler   Composer
John Arnold   Composer,Producer
Malik Alston   Composer
Ayro   Producer
Kenji   Artwork
Mady Kouyate   Composer
Peter Nicholson   Quotes Researched & Compiled

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