The Black Dog ‎– Virtual

Black Dog Productions ‎– BD 001
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM


A Virtual 9:59
B1 The Weight 5:59
B2 Ambience With Teeth 6:15

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Recorded at Black Dog Towers. Black Dog Productions Ltd. (p)(c) 1990 All rights reserved. Track B2 incorporates elements from "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. Remastered and reissued in March 2007 on vinyl and for the first time on CD.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SOMA 214 The Black Dog Virtual(CD, Promo, RM) Soma Quality Recordings SOMA 214 UK 2007 Sell This Version
SOMA 214D The Black Dog Virtual(3xFile, WAV) Soma Quality Recordings SOMA 214D UK 2007
SOMA 214 The Black Dog Virtual(12", RM) Soma Quality Recordings SOMA 214 UK 2007 Sell This Version


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August 18, 2020
Virtual is definitely ahead of its time. It's not dissimilar to '91 productions from the likes of The Hypnotist, full of gothic pads / stabs and an 'ardkore vibe.

But it also sits in well with the likes of Earth Leakage Trip, that smart production style full of inventiveness.

For a tune released in early '89, this is well deserving of all accolades it gets.


October 30, 2019
"World World World I sit in my room Imagine the future" - Allen Ginsberg reciting his poem "Europe! Europe!"


August 14, 2019
Wow well happy to find this !! i have age of slack and techno playtime from years ago and then came on to discogs and thought i would give this a bash. I had this on so many tapes when i was young free and off my tits with no consequence,never spent £50 faster on a nightshift. Total classy classic!


June 12, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
Virtual 9:59 MAGNIFICENT! MAGNIFICENT! MAGNIFICENT! MAGNIFICENT! MAGNIFICENT! It's hard to decipher which is the best tune...Age Of Slack or this!
"Well well well I sit in my room and imagine the future"!


May 27, 2017
All time smoothness and well worth the money for the original! Masterpiece. For Virtual alone!


March 10, 2014

I've pretty much heard everything Black Dog (including their various other guises) have made over the years. But nothing imho will ever surpass 'Virtual'. Yes, it might even sound a little dated to the current die-hard IDM fan compared to their later offerings, but it was well ahead of its time back then. Especially compared to other techno/deep house/breakbeat crossovers coming out from the UK and Europe.

The production is relatively simple and the arrangement is spot on. The sound effects are well chosen, out there, unusual and full of subtle, slightly disturbed undertones and sinister emotion. But completely infectious. A thoroughly enjoyable journey which takes a cool 10minutes of playtime. Equally great as a starter or end of a long set.


June 28, 2013
Virtual is an incredible Track, one of the best I heard so far. So much variations, but no too much indeed. 5 am or at the end of the set, it fits perfectly.


February 24, 2011
I bought two copies of this the day it was released, I could of swore it was released in 1990 and not 1989 ? Maybe time is messing with my mind.


August 14, 2010
With out doubt (in my mind anyway) the greatest musical masterpiece from the Black dog, perfect Latino breaks converge with tight percussion. Swirling rhythms that just don’t stop for no one, four superfluous mixes which all in all makes this the dog’s Bol*$@ks.



October 1, 2007
A legendary release from the Black Dog - I cained "Virtual" for years. The track was a ten minute journey with big build ups and futuristic ambient interludes - and then when that syncopated kicks comes in, the track just keeps frantically building and building. There has not been many tracks since that has come close to "Virtual". It was Techno, Breaks and Ambience all thrown into the mix and has to go down as one of the precursors to that english big beat/breaks sound.