Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Move In EP
Runkus
Oneness Records
Digital Release
Februari 10, 2016

Track list
  1. Move Yuh Feet
  2. Run
  3. Kindness (Acoustic)
  4. Skin Tone
  5. Move Yuh Self
  6. Ride feat. Treesha & Royal Blu
  7. Energy
  8. Dub Yuh Feet
  9. Run Dub
  10. Energy Dub (Umberto Echo Dubmix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Runkus aka Paula's Son aka Determine Boi (he's the son of Determine - of "Kette Drum" fame - and Paula Francis) first drew our attention in the autumn of 2014 with the single "Victim" for BasSick Records and continued to do so with songs like "Run" for Poland's K-Jah Sound and "Kindness" and "Move Yuh Feet", both for Oneness Records. It's his lyrical prowess and natural flow that instantly grabs you and clearly tells you that this youth is going to take his place in the forefront of the current Reggae scene.

Three of the above mentioned songs are featured on Runkus' debut EP "Move In", although "Kindness" doesn't appear here in its original form. The seven vocal tracks fully showcase Runkus' versatility as he vocally manages to handle a variety of styles with ease. But be assured, this surely doesn't imply that there are moments that he drops his own authentic style. Things get started in a joyful way with the Ska-fueled "Move Yuh Feet", an infectious tune that urges you to put on your dancing shoes. "Run" brings in a totally different mood, not only because of its different vocal flavours, but also due to its lyrical content. This excellent tune surely goes on repeat!!

Next up are "Kindness" and "Skintone", two acoustic songs of sheer beauty with creative lyrics that keep you involved till the very end. Especially "Kindness" surprises as the listener is treated to a stunning version of a tune that originally came across the "Retro Locks" riddim. This passionate sung plea against violence shows Runkus lyrical prowess to the fullest. The same goes for "Skintone", which is more than simply an ode to his empress. A song that gives you goosebumps. The funky groovin' "Move Yuh Self", a kind of gospel song that lasts only 2 minutes, makes a good impression, while the energetic sounding collaboration with Treesha & Royal Blu entitled "Ride" is an entertaining solid effort. "Energy", another song full of consciousness and incorporating a sweet flute play, maintains the quality throughout. In particular interesting is the last part of this song, when the full sounding riddim goes into nyahbingi territory and lyrics are spoken instead of sung. The EP is rounded off nicely with three dub versions.

"Move In" is an excellent EP from an extremely talented young artist, who's definitely going to be a force to reckon with in the international Reggae arena.