Neighborhood Science

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • UPC: 780661113614
  • Catalog Number: 11136
  • Sales rank: 286,652

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can Be (5:10)
  2. 2 Rough (4:59)
  3. 3 Inside (4:52)
  4. 4 We're Not (5:00)
  5. 5 Broken (6:35)
  6. 6 Fabric (6:54)
  7. 7 Get Yourself Together (7:18)
  8. 8 Anaconda (6:29)
  9. 9 Neighborhood Science (5:29)
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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
Ian Anderson Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Bill Laswell Composer
Bugsy Maugh Composer
Dennis Morgan Composer
Mike Reid Composer
Marie Tomlinson Composer
Matthew Winegar Composer
Kye Fleming 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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