Starting off the week with a dose of Skanst/Reggae/Svenska Hip-Hop by way of Southern Sweden band Helt Off, featuring Timbuktu.
From their Wikipedia Page (gist translation):
Helt Off, consisting of Chords and MONS, but often including Timbuktu . The group is contracted by Timbuktu’s own label JuJu Records. Helt Off hit the summer of 2004 with the song “Babylonsjukan”, which is the lead motif of the movie with the same name . Their album In The House contains 9 tracks, including “It’s burning in Paris” as they wrote during the riots of Paris suburbs (see Paris 2005 Revenge ). When the band is playing live, they have a complete band, and not just the three main members. Among other things , Magnus Tingsek has been on stage with Helt Off. In 2010 Helt released his album The soldier of the market and the single “Together”.
On May 1, 2013, Helt Off released the EP Slowly in the Backs, which includes a cover on “It’s spinning in my skull” by the Family, as well as a cover on the Swedish folklore ” Show from Utanmyra “.
And from the Swedish Rockfoto site:
Helt Off was founded in 2004 and is the first release on the Swedish label “Motrock Skivimperium”, which is an underlabel to JuJu Records. Helt Off consists of Jens Resch on vocals, Mans Asplund on production and Jason Diakité as guest vocalist. Their first song was called “Bla, bla, bla” and was released on JuJu Records homepage. The album that followed became a great success and the song “Babylonsjukan” was a real summertune.
According to several other sources, Helt Off is one of the best known Reggae bands currently in Sweden. Aside from the appearance at Öland Roots Festival, they’ve been touring throughout Sweden extensively this past year.
So now you know – I will bet you probably didn’t think Sweden had any homegrown Reggae bands, did you?
Just goes to show you – music is everywhere and everybody is doing something – and where you least expect it, you become amazed.
Crank it up and give a listen.