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(12", RM) Soma Quality Recordings SOMA 214 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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


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June 12, 2017
edited about 1 year 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.


January 12, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
The immortal line in this track "i'm sitting in my room imagining the future" pretty much sums it up. This record was way ahead of its time in terms of the sound and production. This record sure does take you on a journey where you can simply lose yourself for a whole 10 minutes before having to wipe the needle. Awesome.

May 13, 2003
A track that can only be described as a journey. An almost timeless piece of music. I will live with this track forever...imagine the future.