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Poland meets Germany and Jamaica on Link Up

LinkUpIn October last year K-Jah Sound out of Poland put a compilation called Link Up, which failed to show up on my radar. But a few week ago I noticed it since it featured Runkus’ excellent Run, a cut also featured on his debut EP Move In.

And I’m glad I had the opportunity to listen to this smooth and beautiful set comprising mostly lesser known talents, but also a few established ones, including Gentleman, Lutan Fyah and Dubtonic Kru.

The album comes with 16 tracks – including 13 vocals and three dubs – across a number of solid riddims. The arrangements are creative, bright and gentle and slightly reminiscent of productions by the mighty U.S. production trio Zion I Kings.

Highlights include the aforementioned Run, but also the soulful and funky Wearisome Things by Jafia Namuel’s lead singer Dawid Portasz and Gentleman & Tamika’s slowly pulsating Defenders of the Light.

The European reggae scene continues to show it muscles.

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Promising debut from Runkus

runkus-moveinRising Jamaican singer and singjay Runkus – son of 90s reggae chanter Determine – was recently named as one of 16 Caribbean artists to watch out for in 2016 by LargeUp. And now his debut EP has hit the streets.

Runkus has been recording for a number of years and last year he recorded a number of big tunes, including the fun and fiercely skanking ska tune Move Yuh Feet and Run, which appeared on the compilation Link Up.

Both cuts, along with their dub version, are featured on the ten track Move In, a set issued via Germany’s Oneness Records. It showcases a versatile talent at ease with singing, singjaying and rapping on top of a variety of riddims and beats.

Runkus is currently working on his debut full-length album and this fun and playful set certainly promises very well for that effort.

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