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King of the Beats: Anthology 1985-1988

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Mantronix 9/3/2012

Review

King of the Beats is the first set to anthologize both Mantronix and Kurtis Mantronik's productions for Sleeping Bag (and its Fresh subsidiary). It's an excellent summary, compiling all of Mantronik's major works with MC Tee, including "Fresh Is the Word," "Needle to the Groove," and "Bassline," as well as alternate 12" mixes. The second disc features a number of Mantronik productions that should be considered indispensable by all fans of mid-'80s hip-hop: Tricky Tee's "Johnny the Fox," Just Ice's "Cold Gettin' Dumb," T La Rock's "Breaking Bells." While the material is spread across two discs, there are roughly 40 minutes of dead space -- more than enough room to fit the missing Sleeping Bag A-sides "Ladies" and "Scream." Still, King of the Beats is the most thoughtful Mantronix/Mantronik package yet, showcasing the output of a master producer who merged hard-hitting beats with cunning samples. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Bassline Mantronix 5:24
  3. 2 Needle to the Groove Mantronix 6:23
  4. 3 Fresh Is the Word Mantronix 5:50
  5. 4 Mega Mix Mantronix 5:32
  6. 5 Hardcore Hip Hop Mantronix 6:16
  7. 6 Get Stupid Fresh, Pt. 1 Mantronix 3:49
  8. 7 We Control the Dice Mantronix 3:54
  9. 8 Listen to the Bass of Get Stupid Fresh, Pt. II Mantronix 4:25
  10. 9 Music Madness Mantronix 5:24
  11. 10 Megamix Mantronix 5:3
  12. 11 Fresh Is the Beat Mantronix 4:56
  13. 12 Jamming on the Groove Mantronix 4:4
  14. 13 Bassline (Instrumental Version) Mantronix 4:18
  15. 14 Breaking Bells (Club) T la Rock 5:25
  16. 15 Back to the Old School Just-Ice 4:49
  17. 16 Needle to the Groove (Alternate Version) Mantronix 4:12
  18. 17 Cold Gettin' Dumb Just-Ice 4:33
  19. 18 Bass Machine (Club) T la Rock 5:26
  20. 19 Cold Gettin' Dumb II Just-Ice 6:31
  21. 21 Breaking Bells (Dub) T la Rock 4:24
  22. 22 Johnny the Fox Tricky Tee 5:22
  23. 23 Fresh Is the Word '88 Mantronix 6:2

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