Black Dog Productions ‎– Bytes

Warp Records ‎– WARP LP8, Warp Records ‎– WARPlp8
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Plaid Object Orient
Written-By – Plaid
A2 Close Up Over Caz
Written-By – Close Up Over
A3 Xeper Carceres Ex Novum
Written-By – Xeper
B1 Echo Mike Phil(1)
B2 Atypic Focus Mel
Written-By – Atypic
B3 Echo Mike Phil(2)
B4 Close Up Over Olivine
Written-By – Close Up Over
B5 Echo Mike Phil(3)
B6 I.A.O* Clan (Mongol Hordes)
Written-By – I.A.O*
C1 Echo Mike Phil(4)
C2 Plaid Yamemm
Written-By – Plaid
C3 Echo Mike Phil(5)
C4 Discordian Popes Fight The Hits
Written-By – Discordian Popes
C5 Echo Mike Phil(6)
C6 Balil Merck
Written-By – Balil
D1 Echo Mike Phil(7)
D2 Close Up Over Jauqq
Written-By – Close Up Over
D3 Balil 3/4 Heart
Written-By – Balil



Black vinyl. There was also a limited numbered edition on gold vinyl.
Comes in a gatefold cover.
The third in Warp's Artificial Intelligence series of albums.

Published by Copyright Control.
Mastered at The Townhouse.
This compilation ℗ + © 1993 Warp Records
Made in England.

Phil(1) through to Phil(7) are not mentioned on the rear cover, but are mentioned on the disc labels.
Tracks listed sequentially, from 1.1 to 4.18.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 021603 080119
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching A): WAPLP-8-A-1 XEPER! TOWNHOUSE BC2399
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching B): WAPLP-8-B¹ OOPS! TOWNHOUSE BC2399
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching C): WAPLP-8-C-1 TOWNHOUSE BC2400
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching D): WAPLP-8-D1 TOWNHOUSE BC2400

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October 19, 2017
It's all about Plaid-Object Orient. I have just no words. Amazing. Like a painting.


October 16, 2017

Bought this when it first came out in Reading, has always been one of my favourite electronic albums along with B12 Electro-Soma, the first three Plaid albums. The artificial intelligence series changed UK music.


August 18, 2017
Last two tracks are Ed Handley masterpieces. I'd have to say he's my all time favourite artist (Balil, Close Up Over, and obviously half of Plaid).


February 10, 2017
I agree with chap below, one of the best electronic albums ever. When I first heard this it blew my mind, and always has done. Specially effective when one chooses to expand ones mind ;)


July 12, 2015
The best electronic album ever imo. Certainly one of the most evocative.


February 11, 2015
i absolutely adore this album, makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, one slight niggle with it though, in fight the hits a synth line comes in right near the end that is absolutely brutal, total genius and as soon as it comes in the track finishes, i want more, i need more of that track


February 9, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
I am listning and listning Plaid-Object Oriënt for years now and it must be some of the best electronic pieces of music ever made. Oh, euh... just put your bass at max.


May 23, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Sometimes a certain record is so connected to us, by the most varied reasons, that any chance of making an impartial, more technical review of it is lost. If there is any record that it is for me in that situation, is Bytes. But a critique is, in the end of the day, as simple as liking or not liking, loving or hating.

Bytes was, along with B12's Electro-Soma, 808 State's Ten Years compilation and Amon Tobin's Supermodified, the first electronic music i have heard, and almost one of the first records really. Before that i was into music, mainly hip hop, but simply into it. After this i got into music in a different way, more passionate and deep, and Bytes had central relevance.
I was young and it was also the time i first had an mp3 player, and in the summer i would play these tracks while travelling with my parents, and all these sensations were something new to me. I discovered that music, especially this one, could expand my mind, kind of like it was activating parts of my brain that otherwise would be asleep. Never before i imagined it was possible to daydream, and from that moment, music started acting as a way of boosting imagination, and it has this effect on me nowadays.
But this is a story for some other moment.

After all these years, after so much new music, i listen to Bytes with completely different years, but it's still a magic experience. The Black Dog have always been alien musicians, and altough you can feel the detroit influence all over the place, there is something to it, an aura, which is the only one, the Dog touch. I still get perplexed with the sounds on Bytes though. Object Orient starts with an epic melody that grabs you, but just listen to the percussion: what the hell is going on? Where did it come from? The rattles on the background are indescribable, but give a strong spatial feel to it. Caz and Carceres Ex Novum introduce odd rhythms and signatures, so characteristic of the early Dog and Plaid as well. This last one especially, creates an almost mythical atmosphere to it, that they would later fully develop on Spanners. Tracks like Focus Mel or Olivine are closer to their detroit roots, but have a unique emotional quality to it. Fight the Hits introduces complex percussion and acid lines in the end. Merck is, from all the detroit-ish tracks, the highlight for me: minimum elements, acid line to spice it a bit and unforgettable chords. It has a very spacey feel to it, almost like they have opened the sound and let all the air escape from it. It sounds infinite. It almost makes me cry, but if there is a track that can do it is the last, 3/4 Heart. The title really is spot on, because these guys managed to extract almost an entire heart from their machines. I can't really describe this track accuratelly. It's an explosion of energetic, uplifting, weightless melodies that leave you paralized, touching yourself to confirm if it is reality you are living in, and thinking: what just happened?

The artwork on Bytes, and Spanners as well, full of computer references is really clever; these guys, and their contemporaries, have added a new dimension to music: they have awaken the machines and made them sing, and damn, do they sing well!


January 4, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

This superb release is a good reminder of how genious the Warp label once was (R.I.P.).
The jazzy vibe and the electronic touch has a mellow feel to it - warm and subtle, rather than minimal, this music has lasted through the nineties and up until now - A true friend!
The bronze vinyl that I got is in excellent condition and plays like a dream without any flaws - and I'm really picky when it comes to vinyl quality.


July 9, 2003
Brilliant third release from the groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence series comes this album with the limited pressing in beautiful copper vinyl editioned to I'd guess and hope 2500 copies. Not sure, but the pressing is one of the crappiest in the world. Completely noisey. Didn't prevent from playing the snot out of it but... I've never heard a clear copy of most of these tracks so I'd have no idea what I've missed.