• Checking in with reggae artiste Runkus
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Checking in with reggae artiste Runkus

Since teenAGE last caught up with Reggae artiste on the rise, Runkus, he's gotten around to releasing an EP entitled Orientation, and is up to a whole host of other things.

burn everytinG is an upbeat song and a slightly eclectic mix of sounds that marks a strong opener. Runkus introduces himself as a clever lyricist on a mission, telling us he's come "to purge everyting". He even does a bit of prophesying, calling out wrongdoers and saying they'll have their lot in the 'fire and brimstone' to come.

Then comes foundation, a mix of sounds with a reflective mood. Move Yuh Feet literally came "to nice up dance again" and even the most uncoordinated of us will find it easy to lose ourselves to this rhythm. The song is pure vibes stitched together with a few threads of thought provoking lines like, "Tell me how much it cost when you sell yourself short" and, "How much people yuh wrong?"

The Royal Blu assisted Skin Toned is reflective, instructive and offers a serious look at colourism and it's ideals, just before Orientation closes with the aptly titled vibes i ii.

All in all Orientation offers a pleasant mix of eclectic sounds, great vocal work and a peek into Runkus' mind. A thorough listen will have you excitedly on the lookout for what's next to come.

But Runkus isn't exactly sitting on his haunches now that the EP is out. This Summer Runkus hits the road with fellow up-and-comers Royal Blu and Blvk H3ro, as well as his backing band The OldSkl Band, and takes the music to music festivals in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and England.

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