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Runkus – IN:SIDE (LP)

Runkus · IN:SIDE

Blending the cultural gravitas of roots reggae and dancehall with the energy of trap and the intricate wordplay of classic hip-hop, Runkus makes music with a global, yet unmistakably Jamaican, perspective. Cast into a state of deep reflection and meditation on the state of the world, the deejay/singer/producer experienced a surge of creativity during the Covid-19 quarantine, which he has channeled into an eclectic and exhilarating set of new tracks.

Runkus gathers these recordings on IN:SIDE, a 10-track LP that captures the anxiety and promise of life in the age of lockdowns and resets. Tracks like “TAN A YUH YAAD” and “THE MASK:2ND WAVE” vividly reflect the mindstate of this new world, creating a uniquely timely soundtrack for these unprecedented times. With “5Gs”, Runkus aligns himself with some of Jamaica’s top lyricists in Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Royal Blu and Munga Honorable, as they collectively deliver a devastating meditation on speaking the truth at all costs. “EVERYBODY GOING LIVE” (feat. Naomi Cowan) and “QUARANTINE SLIDE” turn their attention to the escapism on the minds of so many, commenting on topics like social media obsession and forbidden love.

The album, released on January 15, will be supported with the mini-documentary IN:SIDE Portmore, taking viewers inside Runkus’ home city and his creative process.

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