Mantronix

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Mantronix, one of the most innovative hip-hop acts of all time, was founded by Kurtis el Khaleel, who was born in Jamaica, though his family soon moved to Canada and ended up in New York by the late 1970s. During high school, Khaleel wanted to be in a band but couldn't find anyone who wanted to be in a band with him, so he bought a Roland TR-606 drum machine and a Roland TB-303 bass machine, and mastered them quickly. Taking the stage name Mantronik (although some sources claim he was born with that name), he soon began DJing around the city and was working behind the decks at Manhattan's Downtown Records when he met Haitian-born MC Tee, (Touré Embden). After the duo had assembled a demo tape, they gave it to William Socolov, president of Sleeping Bag Records. He signed Mantronix soon after hearing it, and released its debut single, "Fresh is the Word." The track lit up New York's streets and clubs during 1985.

In 1986, Mantronix's debut full-length The Album was released. Two new singles, "Needle to the Groove" and "Bassline," became big street hits in New York and, amazingly, even crossed over to join the first wave of hip-hop chart-makers in Britain. By that time, Mantronik had also begun working as an A&R representative at Sleeping Bag, where he signed EPMD, produced KRS-One's first credit ("Success Is the Word" by 12:41), and helmed other intense tracks by Tricky Tee, Just-Ice, and T La Rock.

The second Mantronix LP, Music Madness, continued to keep the duo fresh in the clubs. The increasing popularity of hip-hop gave Mantronix a chance at a major-label contract, and by 1987, the duo signed with Capitol/EMI, which created a legal battle between Sleeping Bag and the group—their old label claimed that they were owed two more albums.

In Full Effect was released in 1988, and it portrayed Mantronik jettisoning many his more hardcore inclinations in favor of a fusion of dance and R&B. The production excursion "Do You Like...Mantronik?" proved that Mantronik's ear for clever beats remained, however, and Mantronix's success in Britain prompted several of the first sampladelic hits, such "Pump up the Volume" by M/A/R/R/S and "Theme from S'Express" by S'Express.

Soon after its third album, MC Tee left to join the Air Force. Mantronik replaced him with Bryce Luvah (a cousin of LL Cool J) and DJ Dee (Mantronik's own cousin). With 1990's This Should Move Ya, Mantronik made the move from hip-hop into more straight-ahead dance music. With vocalist Wondress in tow, a pair of Mantronix singles stormed the British Top 20, including the top-five "Got to Have Your Love." Mantronik still used the MCs, he but continued to work in dance music with the group's last album, 1991's The Incredible Sound Machine. As a group entity, Mantronix disappeared at that point. Mantronik began producing other acts—mostly female vocalists or latin freestyle acts—and later exited music altogether, getting married and raising a family, eventually having a son nicknamed Boytronik.

Mantronik returned in the mid-1990s as a breakbeat elder statesman, recording as Kurtis Mantronik and providing remixes for EPMD, the Future Sound of London, and Violet. A Mantronix respective and several album reissues began filtering out in 1999, and Mantronik began recording a new solo album later that year.
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TLX-6 The Album — Mantronix Mantronix The Album (Album) Sleeping Bag Records TLX-6 US 1985 Sell This Version
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TLX 8 Music Madness — Mantronix Mantronix Music Madness (Album) Sleeping Bag Records TLX 8 US 1986 Sell This Version
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OVEDC 359 In Full Effect — Mantronix Mantronix In Full Effect (Album) Capitol Records OVEDC 359 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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C4-94479 This Should Move Ya — Mantronix Mantronix This Should Move Ya (Album, Comp) Capitol Records C4-94479 US 1990 Sell This Version
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C2 94570 The Incredible Sound Machine — Mantronix Mantronix The Incredible Sound Machine (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records C2 94570 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SLX-00015, SLX-15 Needle To The Groove — Mantronix Mantronix Needle To The Groove (Single) Sleeping Bag Records, Sleeping Bag Records SLX-00015, SLX-15 US 1985 Sell This Version
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SLX-00014 Fresh Is The Word — Mantronix Mantronix Fresh Is The Word (Single) Sleeping Bag Records, Sleeping Bag Records SLX-00014 US 1985 Sell This Version
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TEN T 118 Bassline — Mantronix Mantronix Bassline (Single) Sleeping Bag Records, Sleeping Bag Records TEN T 118 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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TEN 116-12 Ladies — Mantronix Mantronix Ladies (Maxi, Single) Sleeping Bag Records TEN 116-12 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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V-15353 Sing A Song (Break It Down) — Mantronix Mantronix Sing A Song (Break It Down) (Single) Capitol Records V-15353 US 1987 Sell This Version
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SLX-27 Scream — Mantronix Mantronix Scream (Single, Maxi) Sleeping Bag Records, Sleeping Bag Records SLX-27 US 1987 Sell This Version
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608 784 Who Is It? — Mantronix Mantronix Who Is It? (Single, Maxi) 10 Records 608 784 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
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TEN X 217 DJ Simple Simon (You Gotta Regard) — Mantronix Mantronix Simple Simon (You Gotta Regard) (Single, Maxi) Capitol Records TEN X 217 DJ UK 1988 Sell This Version
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B-44175 Join Me Please... (Home Boys - Make Some Noise) — Mantronix Mantronix Join Me Please... (Home Boys - Make Some Noise) (Maxi) Capitol Records B-44175 US 1988 Sell This Version
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TCCL 559 Got To Have Your Love — Mantronix Mantronix Got To Have Your Love (Single, Maxi) Capitol Records TCCL 559 US 1989 Sell This Version
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060-20 3896 6 Take Your Time — Mantronix Mantronix Featuring Wondress* Mantronix Featuring Wondress* - Take Your Time (Single, Maxi) Capitol Records 060-20 3896 6 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
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FXR 133, 869 033.1 Mantronix / Diana Brown And Barrie K Sharpe* Mantronix / Diana Brown And Barrie K Sharpe* - Take Your Time / The Masterplan (Remixes)(12", MP, M/Print) FFRR, FFRR FXR 133, 869 033.1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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RP 196 Sex-N-Drugs And Rock-N-Roll — Mantronix Mantronix Sex-N-Drugs And Rock-N-Roll(12", Promo) Champion RP 196 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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DIXDJ 91 The Best Of (1986-88) Sampler — Mantronix Mantronix The Best Of (1986-88) Sampler(12", Promo) 10 Records DIXDJ 91 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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CD 2045042, CDR 2045042 Flower Child — Mantronix Mantronix Flower Child (Maxi, Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records CD 2045042, CDR 2045042 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
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4V-15670 Step To Me [Do Me] — Mantronix Mantronix Step To Me [Do Me] (Single, Maxi) Capitol Records 4V-15670 US 1991 Sell This Version
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300023 4 Don't Go Messin' With My Heart — Mantronix Mantronix Don't Go Messin' With My Heart (Single, Maxi) Capitol Records 300023 4 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
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OG 4237 Got To Have Your Love / Take Your Time — Mantronix Mantronix Got To Have Your Love / Take Your Time(12") Old Gold (2) OG 4237 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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50093-12 It's Time To Party — Mantronix Mantronix Featuring Althea McQueen Mantronix Featuring Althea McQueen - It's Time To Party (Single) Freeze Dance 50093-12 US 1996 Sell This Version
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12RHYDJ25 One Time, Feel Fine — Mantronix Mantronix - Traylude Mantronix - Traylude - One Time, Feel Fine(CDr, Single, Promo) Rhythm Series, Parlophone, OMW (Oxygen Music Works) 12RHYDJ25 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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svantana

svantana

January 19, 2021
Does anyone know why there isn't any release here with "King Of The Beats" from 1988? It must have been available since everybody sampled it in 1989...
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nativ

nativ

June 11, 2013
Mantronix also did the complete soundtrack for the videogame Trickstyle ( Sega Dreamcast ) Very nice, echoes of Aphex Twin somehow!
browza5000

browza5000

November 4, 2002
Mantronix is one of the rawest hip-hop acts ever.

Even now if I hear mantronix, it takes me back to body popping and dancing on my knees.... ahhhhh! Those days gone by.

I have a couple of 7" singles that aren't included on the list. But I also have a gatefold edition of Music madness with killer remixes of Scream, Who is it....etc which was on ten records. But i'm not sure of the tracklisting or the cat#no.

Definately one of my favourite and most influential producers........

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