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PostSubject: The Black Dog   Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:18 am

The Black Dog
Book of Dogma

release date: 19 Mar 2007 // label: Soma
reviewer: Rich Denton


Formed in the early '90s as the trio of Ken Downie, Ed Handley, and
Andy Turner, The Black Dog are widely regarded as pioneers of the UK
'intelligent’ techno scene. Their productions are varied, combining
experimental techno, electro, jazz-infused hip-hop and old skool
breaks. Their tracks set them apart from other techno producers of the
time and brought remix work for the likes of Bjork, Elbow and UNKLE
along the way.
As the original vinyl copies were only pressed in
limited numbers, Soma records have had the sense to compile this
retrospective double CD for today’s audience. Digitally remasted this
compilation fully showcases a back catalogue dating back to 1989.

CD1
opens with the 9 minute epic 'Vitual’ and the hugely cinematic 'The
Weight’. The rest of the tracks shift between the styles and make disc
one the more easy on the ear. Although CD2 is less melodic and
concentrates more on a purer techno sound, 'Parallel’ and 'Hub are for
me the stand out tracks on the disc.

As with any retrospective
collection - especially one covering eighteen years ' some tracks show
their age but there is enough quality here to make this release a
significant one. It will also give access to a sound that recently has
only been available to the most avid and wealthy of record collectors.

Disc 1
1 Virtual
2 The Weight
3 Ambience With Teeth
4 The Age of Slack
5 Tactile
6 The Weight (Liposuction Mix)
7 Techno Playtime
8 Apt
9 Chiba
10 It Felt Like It
11 Seer & Sages
12 Dog Solitude
Disc 2
1 Parallel
2 Squelch
3 Erb
4 Glassolalia
5 Hub
6 Vanttool
7 Aural Wallpaper
8 Rainbow Bridge
9 Virtual Hmmm
10 VIR2L

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