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MantronixThe Album

Label:Sleeping Bag Records – TLX-6
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Hip Hop


This Side
Edited ByThe Latin Rascals
A2Needle To The Groove3:41
That Side
B1Hardcore Hip-Hop6:11
B3Get Stupid "Fresh" Part I3:48
B4Fresh Is The Word3:48

Companies, etc.



"Fresh Is The Word" and "Needle To The Groove" recorded and mixed at INS. All other songs recorded and mixed at Al Cohen Studio.
Track B3 only listed as "Get Stupid Fresh" on label.

Some versions exists as Misprint

Jacket Made in Canada


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Hand etched on A side): TLX-6-A "MANTRONIX RULES THE HIP HOP" !!! HERbIE JR :v) ANGIE ✩
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand etched on B side): TLY-6-B HERbIE JR :v)
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped on A & B side): MASTERING BY FRANKFORD/WAYNE NEW YORK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): TLX-6A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): TLY-6B
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 25)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
The Album (LP, Album, Promo)Sleeping Bag RecordsTLX-6US1985
The Album (LP, Album, Misprint)Sleeping Bag RecordsTLX-6US1985
The Album (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Sleeping Bag RecordsTLX-6US1985
New Submission
The Cassette (Cassette, Album, Dolby System, Grey Shell)Sleeping Bag RecordsCLX-6US1985
The Album (LP, Album)Sleeping Bag RecordsTLX-6US1985


redseapedestrian's avatar
This blew my mind when I was 13 I don't like hip hop any more but Mantronix was different. So ahead of the curve. Still sounds mindblowing 36 years later. Still my No 1 album ever doubt it will be knocked off.

plutoniumdonkey's avatar
I heard Needle To The Groove on Capital Radio's Mike Allen's Army On Manoeuvres show in 1985 when I was 12 and it was THE S**T. I bought this on vinyl in a record shop in Kingston Upon Thames after school, in my ridiculously coloured blazer, a week later. It was an import and, for the time, horrendously expensive (£15.99 or thereabouts, in 1985). I begged my Mum for the extra cash I needed. The West Indian guys who owned the shop pi**ed themselves at this little white kid in his school uniform splashing the cash for it. I'm sure my Mum regretted giving me the cash as she was subjected to it on a daily basis. Buying it is a very fond memory and it's still loved and looked after 33 years later. Now it's my wife who rolls her eyes when I play it. But, when Bassline starts, I just sit back and smile.
8892sales's avatar
Edited 4 years ago
Hardcore Hip-Hop must be the most underrated jam by the Mantronix duo. I mean, seriously. What the heck?! Why is it never mentioned in reviews or comments? Futuristicly Electro in style, seriously old school hip hop in attitude, and most definitely hardcore-to-the-bone in terms of attitude, hardness, rawness and intensity. It's a 'KIN belter.
Tb-303's avatar
What can I say other than this and a few other LP's from the 80's were THE essence of Hip Hop. You look up Hip Hop in the dictionary and this album should be one of the few that is almost a perfect representation of the term. So many have copied this sound and the cool thing to me is Mantronix even influenced many House, Techno and break beat music forms from this album alone. The man the myth the legend...Mantronix.
Alain_Patrick's avatar
Edited 17 years ago
If by any means you never heard this chef d'oeuvre, do not miss the chance to hear this quintessential album made by one of the masters of the old school Hip Hop Kurtis Mantronik and his companion MC Tee. Perfect for the break dance lovers, the tracks brings the roots of Hip Hop melted with electro-funk influences. "Needle To The Groove" is a shining example and perhaps the most important tune of this Long Play, even though "Bassline" is another massive hit of that time, specially edited by The Latin Rascals. The Mega-Mix, specially edited by The Diamond Two of Chet Nunez & Charlie Dee is also highly recommended.