We finish off this week's whistle-stop world tour in Sweden, with something ancient and modern. DJ Embee of the Loop Troop Rockers - not an ensemble whose work I am familiar with, I'm afraid - has teamed up with folk singer Esmeralda Moberg to perform poems written by his Dad, Roger Bergkvist, in a folk-tinged trip hop style. The resulting album is called Skuggpoeten, and it is out now.
The combination is occasionally a little soporific, but when it works it works extremely well. As these two examples demonstrate.
"Stad Vriden At Soder" - Skuggpoeten
"Kvarnforsen" - Skuggpoeten
Can anyone think of other Swedish groups that have successfully combined beats with more ethnic sounds? Oh yes...