Black Dog Productions ‎– Black Dog Productions E.P.

Rising High Records ‎– RSN 46
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Otaku
Written-By – Atypic
A2 Pillars & Mirrors
Written-By – Atypic
AA1 Flux
Written-By – Balil
AA2 Flux (D Mix)
Written-By – Arno, Balil

Companies, etc.



Published by Dark Music
© Rising High Productions 1992
℗ Rising High Productions 1992

The label incorrectly swapped tracklists for sides A and AA.

Note also: Flux (D Mix) is apparently a remix of Flux by Arno but this info does not appear as a remix credit on the label, rather as a writer credit instead.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 024900 000248
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): RSN-46-A-1 A Porky Prime Cut. PA6766
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side AA): RSN-46-B-1 Porky Primed ✓ PA6766


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December 11, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
I bought this when it came out (as I was and am a huge admirer of 'Bytes,' and the GPR Black Dog and their many aliases) and in truth, it's never far from my record deck. Simply for the eight minute 'Otaku'.
Shades of 2 Step garage in the beats which skip along in a wonderfully non 4x4 linear way, add the stunning melodic elements and you have a modern day classic which still sounds as fresh today as it did back then.
True electronic Soul. Simon Reynolds was wrong, *edit* I still listen to this track on a regular basis. And the more I think about it, the more it sounds like the future and vastly superior to so much electronic music being made today. If some producers put a fraction of the effort, wit, soul and love into their music that this track has, we would have far more sonically adventurous ideas to listen to. Inspiring and inspirational, timeless and timely....


October 5, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
Otaku is magic 5/5 brilliance


March 5, 2014
There's no arguing for taste, but surely Otaku is the standout here. Absolutely exquisite BDP, very much in the vein of Bytes-era sound. I first came across it only a couple of years ago - really took me back to 1993, pure joy.


July 22, 2010

Have to say that this record but specifically "FLUX" has become one of my all time favourite tunes. It's hard to believe it's nearly twenty years old but still sounds really modern and futuristic.
I first heard it as the last track on a recent Fabric or Fabriclive mix compilation and thought at the time it must be a newish release and was surprised to see it on Discogs as released in '92. I bought it immediately. I was still raving proper back then and would have loved to have heard it coming up on XTC.
Not so keen on the other tracks as they sound the age that they are which is OK but FLUX really stands out for me.


January 9, 2010
edited over 10 years ago
There seems to be a lot of confusion and mislabelling on some Rising High releases..stumbled across this when trying to cobble together a cd-r version of The Black Dog Productions E.P......assuming the tracklisting/times on discogs is correct, Otaku from Further Self Evident Truths 2 (uk) is actually Pillars and Mirrors...Pillars & Mirrors (at 12:39) from The Real Trip: Further Self Evident Truths is (maybe) actually a longer (original?) version of Otaku (at the 8:54 mark the song ends but then there's another 3 minutes or so tacked on..this comp is the only place i have come across this version!) ....Flux and Otaku from Rising High Techno Injection 2 (usa Instinct/Rising High) are labelled correctly but Otaku is a shorter edit at 4:58 instead of confused! can anyone shed some light on where the correct versions can be found?? I have the original vinyl but it is stored at my ex-girlfriend's house and i have yet to retrieve it! so help!


January 7, 2007
edited over 4 years ago

When someone ask's you what your favourite track of all time is, it's quite hard for some to name just one!!
For me it's quite easy... The almost 9 minutes of "Otaku" by the Black Dog Productions can only be described as the perfect piece of electronic music.
With its opening spine tingleing synth chimes and this soothing sweeping choir pad pitches up and down in a splendid emotive pattern. The claps ,hats and woodblock sounds get you prepareing for a short journey accross the soundscapes that are developed from the minds of three great musicians/icons . A simple looped bassline kicks in before the main synth lead creates my mouth to smile, my heart to flutter and my head to think.
Ken, Ed and Andy some of my greatest memories are owed to you !!!!!!!!


September 19, 2003
edited over 6 years ago

Hard to find twelve from Black Dog, had to pay top dollar for my copy about two months ago, if you find this at a reasonable price you're in luck. Pillars & Mirrors (or is it Otaku? There seems to be some confusion about the correct name for this track.) is the track that I bankrupted myself for and if you're unwilling to pay what it takes to get this twelve, then you can get it on the Rising High compilation "Further Self Evident Truths ....". This track is emotive electronic music of the highest order.