Album review
Teardown Babylon
MCS Records

Tracking list

  1. Scared of living
  2. Mr. Eveilous man
  3. Teardown Babylon
  4. Universal love
  5. True love
  6. My vision of love
  7. Year 2000
  8. How long ?
  9. Who what why how ?
  10. Children crying
  11. Mankind
  12. Ghetto people fight back
  13. Thank you Jah
  14. Nah go down deh
  15. Jah lifted me up
  16. Big bad sound
  17. Victim
  18. Champion (interlude)
  19. Champion sound
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

The first time Sandeeno surfaced on the U.K. reggae charts was towards the end of 1996. He then scored a no. 1 hit with "Teardown Babylon" for Mykey Simpson's MCS imprint. There were many who acclaimed him as the most exciting newcomer to emerge in the new U.K. dancehall/roots movement. However, they were mistaken as Sandeeno started his career way back in the mid-eighties. At that time he called himself Superman and was part of the JA highly-rated deejay combination Superman & Spiderman, who voiced hit songs for King Jammys, Penthouse, Shocking Vibes and Steely & Clevie among other top Jamaican labels during the late eighties and early nineties. After the two friends went their seperate ways in 1993 Superman moved to England and became Sandeeno. He began experimenting with different musical styles and released the self-produced "Ten Commitments" on his own Bust Out label in 1995, a record that highlighted his gift for both singing and deejaying. However, his 'roots and culture' tunes for producer Mykey Simpson have most successfully established his reputation in the U.K.
Now Sandeeno delivers an album for Mykey Simpson's MCS label, a further proof of the man's skill and talents. The album brims with irie vibes and upful music as it contains a fine selection of conscious songs with lyrics that keep you involved to the very end. Besides that the majority of the riddims - laid by musicians like Steven Wright, Winston (Sax) Rose, Daddy Colonel, Hutchey Peng and Mykey Simpson - are strong, appealing and often original. In some tunes and at some points Sandeeno's singing style is reminiscent of Ini Kamoze. Within this solid album it's hard to point out some of the disc's best tunes, but tracks like "Teardown Babylon, "How long", "Children crying", "Ghetto people fight back" and "Nah go down deh" undoubtedly deserve it.
Well, what are you waiting for ? Tune in nah !

Teacher & Mr. T.