Your Underground (2021)
Monokino: UK Artist of the week: “His latest release “Your Underground” is a woozy fusion of alternative-rock and off-kilter electronics that certainly deserves your attention.”
The Vinyl District
"Dutch musician Monokino takes the electronic-tinged genre of hyperpop in bold new directions."
“The machine gun lead, hyper-drive beat scores Monokino's layered vocal through an atmospheric and arresting track.”
Contact Music
“A breathless, whirl of soundscapes and incessant sampled beats. Monokino takes no prisoners as electro is formidably melded with rock-style guitar; relentlessly dark, consistently moody.””
Fortitude Magazine
"Incredibly original"
– Northern Transmissions
"If Adam Curtis made music instead of documentaries Monokino would be the sound / This is music that defies genre, it is pure, raw, and magnificent.
Yack Magazine
'Bend or Break' (2021) / 'Bend or Break (Lockdown Version)'
In the UK Janice Long has been spinning the track on BBC radio. In The Netherlands Kinkfm and Pinguin Radio premiered the song - It's been added to the 2021 favorite tunes lists and lots of placements in playlists.
"With Monokino being described as an odd/pop composer I felt the eyebrow begin rise and meet the furrowed brow. Oh joy one of those avant garde types that makes noise but has no intrinsic merit whatsoever. I was wrong. Utterly. There is an undercurrent that you’re at some sort of trippy house party or have perhaps overindulged in a way you wouldn’t wish to repeat. The “in the round” vocals add to the helter skelter vibe and cut across the guitar which comes in and out like a bad influence pulling at your arm. A musical venture with a salient point that’s actually worth listening to."
"Amorphous and mercurial, its snaking rhythms wind around low-slung latino hooks that refuse to be pinned-down. Atonal chords stretch into wiry solos that burn bright, then disconnect."  Happy People music blog 
"Bend Or Break est un mélange de mélodies obsédantes et une esthétique quirappelle les années 80, la New Wave et un peu Lynch." Direct Actu 
“Bend Or Break” details the story of how people can become consumed by misinformation and the range of methods news is provided, and ultimately how this can create a warped outlook” Postcards from the Underground"
We were paused in our listening tracks when we put on this inventive little number. A bit like when Siouxie and the Banshees started writing radio hits - all we can say is listen to it and prepare to dig it.” Postcard Elba
"Love the lead vocal performance, love the sound of the overdrive guitars behind those vocals with that live thumping kit sound." Music on the Moon 
“We were struck by the brilliant ‘Bend or Break‘ he brought out this month.” Backseat Mafia
Press about 'No Return'

Interview with JZ Music (China): JZ Music

"An out-of-the-ordinary single: “No Return” is a great proof that true artists’ inspiration’s never fades away - Monokino releases one of his strongest and most meticulously produced songs so far." Nuevo Culture 

"Loving the lightness and movement in the strings, complemented the emotional weight of the vocals beautifully." AnalogueTrash

"It's a really unique piece of music, and overall has a very legit 80s sound." Beatradar

 "I love how intricate this arrangement is - really wide range of sounds. From from what sound like orchestral hits, to bells, and percussion, and a beautiful string section. I love how broad the instrumentation is. The energy is really interesting and creative." CHILLFILTR®

"Monokino’s “No Return” Leaves No Return For The Listener: You’ll Fall In Love With This Band Forever. The Dutch band Monokino‘s newly released song and music video called “No Return” will pour a grain of salt to the open wounds of those feeling detached from their home or home country. The band tortures the listener’s soul with soul-stirring pop fusion and baroque electronic tunes, creating an atmosphere of inevitable sadness. “No return” holds the bittersweet spirit of involuntary detachment." Just Bangers

"It’s a nice and melodic track with dreamy instrumental parts." Lo-fi indie bedroompop 

"George van Wetering, best known as Monokino continues his musical journey with this mesmerizing release of a deep and bittersweet single “No Return” along with a highly anticipated music video that was shot in Nanjing, China." Breaking & Entering

"Nice cinematic sounds and a lovely production." American Pancake

"Monokino Takes Sophistication To A Complete New Level With Their Latest Release “No Return - Monokino’s latest release symbolizing the Dutch band’s reincarnation into artists with their own signature. “No Return” takes Monokino to new heights and defines their uniqueness. Soulful and deep sound mixed with expressively strong vocals singing about the detachment from the past - pour all the sadness from your heart. Everything you think you were over with, every pain and every wound you hid deep enough to forget about resurfaces with disturbing guitar riffs and vulnerable vocals." Records on Repeat 

“No Return” is a magical electro-pop and baroque fusion set to spark mass appreciation among both mainstream music lovers and connoisseurs of the genre, while helping cement the rise of Monokino’s status as a major act in 2020’s music scene." Vents Magazine

"This dramatic composition could be in a theater production, like Phantom of the Opera, but in a more updated vibe. The layering is really keen." comeherefloyd
"From pop to electronic and baroque, Monokino drops crossgenre single titled 'No Return' with vocals in Chinese. Monokino, has just released his latest track, an atmospheric song titled “No Return.” This electronic, baroque and pop fusion is a mysterious and beautiful song that once again showcases Monokino’s strong penchant for bittersweet melodies and atmospheres." New Hit Singles

"Monokino transcends cultures and releases a fusion between East and West on new music video "No Return". George van Wetering, better known as the lead singer of the Dutch band Monokino, is gaining the attention of the press thanks to his latest release, a jaw-dropping music video titled No Return. " Aipate

"Beaucoup d'émotions pour le hollandais Monokino. No Return a été écrite lorsque George van Wetering / Monokino doutait de sa capacité à rester en Chine et hésitait à rentrer chez lui ou non." Novorama 

 Monokino has spent years in China and feels very close to the country, even though he has mixed feelings with the professional and personal experiences he had to undergo while living there. His new music video is a great way to portray his feelings and emotions, and is exclusively shot in China. This fascinating song will undoubtedly help Monokino strengthen the connection between western and eastern cultures, and bring people together amidst the Pandemic. Minimal Sounds

"Have you ever imagined what a sonic fusion between eastern and western sonorities would sound like? This is exactly what Monokino, a Dutch indie-pop group has done with their latest single and music video titled ‘No Return’. Monokino has been consistently increasing their reach over the past years, with releases like ‘Human Error’ and ‘Fake Virtue’. ‘No Return’ is a beautiful sonic, but also visual experience." Indieland

 "Monokino is releasing an incredibly original track titled “No Return.” He has concocted a savvy blend of electronica, pop, rock, and baroque-inspired sonorities that act as the perfect sonic structure for him to layer his vocals, in Mandarin!"  Groovy Tracks

The band reincarnated from their industrial goth phase into bolder sound choices, right after “the EDM cult of personality took over.” Their romantic ballad “No Return,” with a baroque electronic production, is a beautiful artistic sophistication of the dilemmatic issue of homecoming. Filthy Bangers

"The strings are really nice here and makes the song feel very cinematic." POPMUZIK

"Monokino’s overflowing creativity is what impresses at first, so much he clearly holds within his very soul something very few artists have; a unicity that does not resemble anything familiar. We might describe the music as a combination between alternative indie-pop and electro-rock sonorities, but the truth is that the overall result is something we cannot describe, no matter how much we master words, nuances, and the knowledge of music. Monokino is just on a planet of his own, doing something only he understands, but one thing is certain, his sound is relatable, sublime at times, and powerfully inspiring." Pop It Records  

"At the intersection of indie, pop, and rock, “No Return” is the kind of single that loops in your head for days even if, frankly, we cannot understand the exact meaning of the lyrics." Pop Dose Magazine

"The Dutch band Monokino followed up on their latest release and accompanied it with an intriguing and captivating music video. The visuals display cuts that refer to Asian culture and the track’s narrative. The music video for ‘No Return’ is filled with symbolism and easter eggs that reflect on Monokino’s heritage. The outstanding video was shot in Nanjing, China by the artist Defineme who channeled the vibe and story standing behind the track." Pop Spotlight

"I deduce that unlike many of his contemporaries, this is not a man much concerned with fitting in. No return is an interestingly crafted tune sung in Mandarin Chinese. The song features vocals that seem to float into the ether, spacious violin sounds, Eastern musical motifs, and even an aggressive sounding synth that makes a brief stop in the song’s break." Alt77

"Indie pop in Chinese is exactly the exotic thing I've been missing, and it just sounds beautiful." (translated from Russian) Mishka DJ

"This is a very powerful and unique composition, that blends the likeness of pop and alternative together. The melody evolves as the track proceeds, introducing a whole orchestra while the vocals are absent! Speaking of the vocals- they are light and reverberated, painting a vivid narrative thanks to their rich and powerful lyricism. The drum pattern sustains the momentum of the track perfectly and adds a whole lot of flavor to the track." Freshoutofthebooth

"This is a full on display of musical entertainment and craftsmanship. With such strong musical play, the track really is topped off with ambient and reverbed vocals that glide elegantly from start to finish that are captivating and soothing. We admire any artist that finds their own unique sound and style, and master that to perfection." Straight Bread Magazine

"The sweeping orchestral sound mixes strings, acoustic and electronic percussion, and numerous melodic Asian elements. It is a wildly creative and immersive sound. Through the last verse of the song, the track’s various components all come together for a massive and emotional Chamber-Pop crescendo." Static Dive