A new release from Sweden’s Cryo is always keenly anticipated. Martin Rudefelt’s songwriting is one of Scandinavia’s best-kept secrets, but that should change with the release of In Your Eyes. The first single from the forthcoming Retropia album, In Your Eyes comes with a club mix that is a sure-fire hit. It’s not a Rational Youth cover, but an original alternative dancefloor-filling stormer, coming on like Portion Control crossed with The KLF at Front 242’s house.
Additional mixes by Haujobb and Leaether Strip give different spins to In Your Eyes, but the real gem on this release is The Portal, a powerful track that is no filler or b-side candidate. Cryo’s songcraft is exceptional; and, if Retropia can keep up this standard, then Rudefelt and partner in crime, Torny Gottberg, can rightly claim one of the year’s great releases in a vintage year for electronic music.