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King of the Beats (Anthology 1985-1988)

How do you define the music of Mantronix? Is it Hip Hop? Electro? Funk? House? Maybe the answer is all of the above … or none?. It is true that Mantronix will be remembered for their multi-faceted sound as well as their ability to bend and blend genres flawlessly into a cohesive musical tapestry, but they will also most importantly they will be remembered as musical innovators and sub-genre pioneers. Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 1980s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut ‘Mantronix: The Album’ shot to commercial success on the strength of their debut single ‘Fresh Is The Word’. The influence of this groundbreaking debut is still felt in popular music today, having been sampled by the likes of Beastie Boys, Beck, The Prodigy and more. Kurtis Mantronik was also as dangerous behind the desk as he was behind the boards. Working as A&R for Sleeping Bag while signed to the label, Mantronik also helped recruit, sign, and produce for artists such as T La Rock and Just-Ice. Notable records from this era include Just Ice's ‘Cold Gettin’ Dumb’ and ‘Back To The Old School’ as well as T La Rock's ‘Breaking Bells’. Now available for the first time ever, ‘King of the Beats : Anthology 1985-1988’ is a carefully curated double LP compilation combining the best of Mantronix's work from the early, and arguably, best era of their career into one amazing listening experience. Whether you are an avid Mantronix fan or are looking for a place to start - this is the collection to wrap your ears around.

  • 1. Mantronix - Needle To The Groove (12” Version)
    2. T La Rock - Breaking Bells (12” Version)
    3. Just Ice - Back To The Old School
    4. Mantronix - Fresh Is The Word (12” Version)
    5. Just Ice - Turbo Charged
    6. T La Rock - Breaking Bells (Dub Version)
    7. Mantronix - We Control The Dice
    8. Just Ice - Cold Gettin’ Dumb
    9. Just Ice - Cold Getting’ Dumb II
    10. T La Rock - Bass Machine (12” Version)
    11. Mantronix - Bassline
    12. Tricky Tee - Johnny The Fox
    13. Mantronix - Fresh Is The Word ’88

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