The Black DogVirtual

Label:Black Dog Productions – BD 001
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Breaks, Techno


B1The Weight5:59
B2Ambience With Teeth6:15

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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.

The music at the intro of 'Virtual' gradually fades in compared to The Black Dog - Virtual which begins at once.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: (Side A runout, etched) BD 001 A 1 DAMONT VIRTUAL 4
  • Matrix / Runout: (Side B runout, etched) BD 001 B DAMONT

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Virtual (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue, Remastered)Soma Quality RecordingsSOMA 214UK2007
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Virtual (CD, Promo, Reissue, Remastered)Soma Quality RecordingsSOMA 214UK2007
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Virtual (3×File, WAV, Reissue, Remastered)Soma Quality RecordingsSOMA 214DUK2007
  • nrw25's avatar
    When I first heard these tracks in Book of Dogma, I thought they had come out in 1991 or so. Super lush chords and slick production value for an ‘89 record.
    I wish they’d repress this with the original art, the Mandelbrot fractals on the labels are so dope.
    • misterward's avatar
      Check out DJ Junk's 'Monsters and Demons' for an unofficial breakbeat hardcore remix of this tune from 1992/93.
      • Hamenoodle's avatar
        This record is absolutely INSANE for 1989. Definition of being ahead of the curve
        • Jarren's avatar
          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.
          • WOEBOT's avatar
            "World World World I sit in my room Imagine the future" - Allen Ginsberg reciting his poem "Europe! Europe!"
            • cabbagepatch73's avatar
              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!
              • MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
                Edited 5 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"!
                • pomps's avatar
                  All time smoothness and well worth the money for the original! Masterpiece. For Virtual alone!
                  • 8892sales's avatar
                    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.
                    • Mamue's avatar
                      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.



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