Mantronix: The Album

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The Album
Studio album by Mantronix
Released 1985
Recorded New York, New York, USA
Length 35:53
Label Sleeping Bag[1]
Producer Mantronik, M.C. Tee
Mantronix chronology
Music Madness1986
The Album
Music Madness
Alternative Cover
British Bonus Tracks Version
British Bonus Tracks Version
Alternative Cover
2008 Expanded Edition
2008 Expanded Edition

The Album is the debut album by the group Mantronix.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [2]
Mojo 3/5 stars [3]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10 [4]
Rhapsody (Positive) [5]
sputnikmusic 4/5 stars [6]
Top Ten Reviews 4/4 stars [7]

The NME placed the album at number 10 on its year-end list of best albums of 1986.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bassline" (Kurtis Mantronik, MC Tee) – 5:26
  2. "Needle to the Groove" (Mantronik, MC Tee) – 3:41
  3. "Mega-Mix" (Mantronik, MC Tee) – 5:35
  4. "Hardcore Hip-Hop" (Mantronik, MC Tee) – 6:18
  5. "Ladies" (Mantronik, MC Tee) – 6:55
  6. "Get Stupid "Fresh" Part I" (Mantronik, MC Tee) – 3:52
  7. "Fresh Is the Word" (Mantronik, MC Tee) – 5:31

Bonus tracks[edit]

In February 2006, Virgin/EMI re-released the album in the UK with five bonus tracks and new cover art.

  1. "Ladies (Revived)"
  2. "Bassline (Stretched)"
  3. "Hardcore Hip Hop (NME Mix)"
  4. "Ladies (Dub)"
  5. "Ladies (Instrumental)"

Double-CD deluxe edition bonus tracks[edit]

On February 12, 2008, Traffic Entertainment Group released a double-CD edition of the album, titled simply Mantronix, with an extra disc and new cover art. The extra tracks are as follows:

  1. Bassline (Club Version)
  2. Needle to the Groove (12" Version)
  3. Fresh is the Word (12" Version)
  4. Ladies (UK Remix)
  5. Bassline (Radio Version)
  6. Bassline (12" Version)
  7. Needle to the Groove (Alternate Version)
  8. Jamming on the Groove
  9. Needle to the Groove (Live)
  10. Ladies (Live)
  11. Ladies (A Capella)
  12. Get Stupid "Fresh" Part 1 (A Capella)
  13. Fresh is the Word (Radio Version)
  14. Fresh is the Beat
  15. Fresh is the Word (A Capella)

Chart positions[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album

Year Chart Chart position
1986 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums #47

Billboard (North America) - singles

Year Single Chart Chart position
1985 "Fresh Is the Word" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #16
1985 "Needle to the Groove" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #23

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