Cryptochrome is the genre-defying, boundary-pushing, brave new project of and Icelandic lyricist and songwriter Una, anglo-german lyricist Anik, Hamburg-born producer S.O.N. (the latter two formerly of the legendary european hip-hop crew Dark Circle), and London-born producer/engineer Leigh Lawson. Said by some to be the most exciting band on the Icelandic music scene today, Cryptochrome are setting the stage for a very influential and wave-making future, and are currently releasing a video a month from their forthcoming album ‘More Human’.
Having separately settled in Reykjavík, Iceland a decade ago, Anik and S.O.N. went about quietly exploring the limits of their given discipline, while Anik went on to collaborate with Una on various lo-fi experiments. Soon their paths joined again, and with the recent addition of Leigh’s expertise and sonic arsenal, Cryptochrome are unleashing their fully-honed soundscape to their eagerly anticipating audience.
Their first album ‘Cryptochrome‘, a project of regrouping, rediscovery and redirection, was released in 2013 on Defcon Records to a very welcoming reception. With their second album ‘More Human‘, the band present their unified, accomplished, cohesive sound, and prove that they are a unit capable of competing at the very highest levels.
One of ‘Ten icelandic artists to see at Iceland Airwaves’
– The Line of Best Fit
“Cryptochrome are one of the most intriguing, genre blending groups making music right now. Mixing beat heavy, underground hip hop and bouncey eletronica with a nomadic, positive energy, you can’t help but be moved by their latest offering.”
– Dan Larkin, The Left Hand Side / Wordplay magazine