Orders! Uno Ready !?
Runtingz-Irie Records
April 26, 2005

Track list
  1. Fieber
  2. Why Da Human Cry
  3. Babylon Informer
  4. Uno
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
Reggae/ragga/dancehallband Runtingz from Münster, Germany present themselves on this debut Maxi-CD "Orders! Uno Ready?!", distributed by Irie Records, the distributor, shop and mailorder-shop from their hometown. With a 5 man band, Stoppi on bass, Ingo on drums, Mario on percussion, Olaf on guitars and Roman on keyboards providing the backing for the 3 vocalists of the band, Sammy, Goldi and Stef, they deliver a great take in German (with some snatches in English) on Tenor Saw's seminal "Fever" over King Tubby's 1985 'Tempo'-riddim, literally translated "Fieber". "Why Da Human Cry" is a fine one-drop reality tune segueing into dub-territory in the second part of the tune. "Babylon Informer" is the shortest tune on this EP with its nevertheless nearly 4 1/2 minutes, over the 1974 Ansel Collins for Winston Riley's Techniques label recorded 'Stalag'-riddim, proving Runtingz know how to play their riddims, and I've been told they're even better live, which can be checked on June 24th just across the Dutch/German border at the Sun Vibrations Reggae Festival in Schüttorf (check the Live & Direct Section for the lineup and the flyer). The last tune on this entertaining debut EP is the 10 1/2 minutes workout "Uno" which is for the first 5 minutes as much a tribute to the early dancehallsound of the early to mid 80s, as Runtingz' takes on 'Tempo' and 'Stalag', giving plenty room to the band as well as all 3 vocalists, before abruptly segueing into a highly experimental but very well-done gloomy dub-soundscape. This EP certainly makes curious about what else Runtingz have in stock for the future.