Mantronix - King Of The Beats: Anthology (1985-1988)

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Released 9th August 2019
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New version Pressed On Limited Edition White Vinyl!

How do you define the music of Mantronix? Is it Hip Hop? Electro? Funk? House? Maybe the answer is all of the above (or is it none of the above?). 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 80s. 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 (12" Version)".

Traffic Entertainment Group in conjunction with Sleeping Bag Records and Warlock Entertainment now presents; Mantronix: King of the Beats, The Anthology 1985-1988. This carefully curated double LP compilation combines 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.

A1. Mantronix - Needle To The Groove (12” Version)
A2. T La Rock - Breaking Bells (12” Version)
A3. Just-Ice - Back To The Old School
B1. Mantronix - Fresh Is The Word (12” Version)
B2. Just-Ice - Turbo Charged
B3. T La Rock - Breaking Bells (Dub Version)
C1. Mantronix - We Control The Dice
C2. Just-Ice - Cold Getting Dumb
C3. Just-Ice - Cold Getting Dumb II
C4. T La Rock - Bass Machine (12” Version)
D1. Mantronix – Bassline
D2. Tricky Tee - Johnny The Fox
D3. Mantronix - Fresh Is The Word ‘88


Artist Mantronix
Title King Of The Beats: Anthology (1985-1988)
Label Traffic Entertainment
Format Double LP
Release Date 9th August 2019
Cat Number TEG76536LPC