Young King... The Beginning
Yard A Love Records
CD / Digital Release
December 11, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Born and raised in the parish of St Mary, widely recognised as one of few parishes to have produced topnotch Jamaican artists such as Ninja Man, Lady Saw and Capleton, Shaniel Andre Watson aka Teflon recorded his debut single "Bless Me Jah" in 2003 for a small record label based in Ocho Rios. Shortly after he recorded "Holding On To Jah Jah Love", a song that would have producers searching for the new young artist. Under guidance of Wayne Morris from Irie Fm, Teflon started recording for some well known producers in reggae music including Donovan Bennett, Cordel Burrell, and Michael Brissett to name a few.
In 2007 he scored his first local number one hit with a song called "Gun Rise" on the "Bullet Proof Vest" riddim. Two years later Teflon's full length debut album "Motherless Child" was released on the Tadís International label. In the same year he released another album entitled "Let Jah Be Praised" and enjoyed steady rotation with radio hits such as "Jailhouse Rock" and "All The Days Of My Life (Jah Has Been There)", both produced by Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor. Being support act for Sizzla during his 'Ghetto Youthogoly Tour' brought him to Europe for eight weeks and made his fan base grow. Now fast forward to the last month of the year 2015, which sees the release of Teflon's brand new album "Young King" - subtitled "The Beginning" - on his own Yard A Love Records label (distributed by Tuff Gong International.
Lyrically the songs featured on this album deal with a variety of themes and thus Teflon speaks about social commentary, equal rights, human social transition out of their daily struggles, love, female respect, and love for the Almighty. After the "Intro", the husky toned sounding artist gets things really started with "Tree Without A Root", a solid tune across a mesmerizing, hip hop flavored riddim that gets the listener in a meditative mood. While "Tree Without A Root" might not be the kind of tune that will appeal to reggae purists, "Equal Rights" and "Not Today" surely will. The former is one of the tunes featured on this set that has been previously released as it was one of the efforts on Forever Music' "Big City" riddim from early 2014. Also the awesome "Why Poor People" on Chronic Hill Records' recently released "Rise Again" riddim and the solid "Strong" on Live MB Music's "Vision" riddim from last year are already known to the reggae aficionado, while a new version of "Love And Adore", done in 2013 for Master One Productions' "Cool Shade" riddim, is featured here as well. With the exception of "Forgiveness", the collaboration with Lee 'Scratch' Perry that fails to cause any excitement, there's no weak track around. Remaining tunes truly worth hearing are "Sex Slave", "Cornerstone", "Champion Sound" and the title track "Young King". The latter is old-skool dancehall niceness delivered across a relick of Supercatís "Ghetto Red Hot" riddim.
All in all a satisfying, well varied album that might propel Teflon into the next stage of his career.