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Fresh Is the Word - EP

Mantronix

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Album Review

The first Mantronix single, originally released in 1985 on the Sleeping Bag label, included two six-minute mixes (club and vocal) plus an instrumental version. Warlock reissued the single on CD in 1999.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Over and above their standing as one of the best and most innovative groups from hip-hop's golden age, Mantronix provided rap music with its first man-machine, Kurtis Mantronik. A turntable master who incorporated synthesizers and samplers into the rhythmatic mix instead of succumbing to the popular use of samples simply as pop hooks, Mantronik exploited technology with a quintessentially old-school attitude which had little use for instruction manuals and accepted use. After the hip-hop world began...
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