Monolake ‎– Hongkong

Chain Reaction ‎– CRD-04
CD, Album, Embossed Tin Case

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1 Cyan 12:04
2 Index 10:21
3 Lantau 12:57
4 Macau 9:35
5 Arte 9:13
6 Occam 7:39
7 Mass Transit Railway
Featuring [Special Appearance By] – Wieland Samolak

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? 1997 BCP BMG/UFA.

Ambient recordings captured in Hong Kong & Guangzhou 1996.

Packaging: Embossed tin case, with stickered-on cover art, no booklet.

"The version [of Cyan I] on Hong Kong is also quite different [from CR-04] because we added a rain shower field recording captured at a bus stop in Lantau and more insect sounds." - Robert Henke 2006.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 18755 03042 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 718755030424
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1+2): BOD EFA 50304
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1+2): IFPI L357
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 5225
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 5224

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ml-000 Monolake Hongkong Remastered(6xFile, MP3, Album, RM, 320) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ml-000 Germany 2008
ml 000 Monolake Hongkong Remastered(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ml 000 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
CRD-04 Monolake Hongkong(CD, Album, RP) Chain Reaction CRD-04 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
ml-000 Monolake Hongkong Remastered(6xFile, FLAC, Album, RM) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ml-000 Germany 2008
ml-000 Monolake Hongkong Remastered(6xFile, ALAC, Album, RE, RM) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ml-000 Germany 2017


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May 3, 2020
I think Index is pretty good and feel like it fits just fine between Cyan and Lantau.


October 20, 2017
would love to see some wax edition of this s


April 7, 2015
Yeah an opus. Only way to describe it. It was the only CD in a vinyl store in '98... picked it up and it's always a place I can return to when I'm feeling unsure of the world. I have a lot of monolake specifically on CD's... it's the right format for me... having to disturb the flow by moving to flip a record seems contradictory. I prefer to turn off the analytical and conscious part of my brain and just completely let it envelope me, foreknowing I am in good hands. I cant wait to walk around hong kong one day with this in my ears.


April 1, 2012
I'm going to flatout `eschew any pleonasm and excess faux-intellectual journalistic verbiage, as none is really required. Quite simply a motherfucking opus of techno music. Monolake, on this release, have perfected the minimalistic and dub ethos. Monstrously superlative sonic spacialism, constant yet paradoxically incremental alteration, authentic ambient soundscapes (yes, read the liner notes) this record has it all. Additionally, the terrain traversed is diverse, from banging up-tempo techno to dubby beat odysseys to ambient washes. One is committing a disservice most egregious if they do not possess a copy of this record.



May 6, 2004

Monolake’s <I>Hongkong</I> album is an impressive journey, warm and fantastic. The opening track, “Cyan,” starts with ambient noise, like a recording of an insect farm, and glides seamlessly into a deep, minimalism, while “Index” is slightly darker and harder. If you’re in the mood for some quiet breaks and dubbed out synths, “Lantau” is the way to go; if you prefer the dubbiness but want a slow house rhythm, then you can’t go wrong with “Macau.” “Arte” is nothing but deepness, and “Occam,” though it starts with indecipherable chatter, quickly moves into a rhythmic groover. The final track, “Mass Transit Railway,” is a train of ambience, slowly pulling out of the station. Get on board before it’s too late.


April 12, 2004

"Occam" sends a shiver through my veins everytime I hear it. It's a perfect example to point to when detractors claim that this 'sound' is repetitive. Monolake subtly and patiently wring changes on the track over seven plus minutes. A shocking, epic exercise in dub structures and the cold warmth of analog freefalls.


February 27, 2003

This is great, this record makes you kinda drift whith its big travelling, very minimal techno rythms.
You get tracks both with that dubby techno feel and tracks with experimental dubby chill out rythms. CHECK!!