That's My Beat
Soul Jazz Records
The album is compiled by Kurtis Mantronik and features a mixture of Old-School Hip-Hop, Disco, Electro and Club-tracks. They reflect the sound of the New York clubscene that Kurtis Mantronix was so much a part of in the 1980s where he moved between the exclusive worlds of Hip-Hop, Electro and Disco/House with ease. Kurtis Mantronix is a true legend. As well as his own material Mantronix has produced and remixed literally hundreds of other artists:Joyce Simms, EPMD, India, T La Rock, Dhar Braxton, Tricky Tee, Jocelyn Brown, Just Ice to name a few ( as well as diverse artists such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Shirley Bassey and Steve Reich!). Kurtis Mantronik's unique musical career started early. (His first release "Fresh Is The Word" was released in 1985 on Sleeping Bag Records aged 17!).From growing up around the birth of Hip-Hop in the Bronx park-jams where DJs such as Afrika Bambaata, Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash would literally plug in their decks to the electricity supply of available lamp-posts to hanging out with Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage and David Mancuso at the Loft, Kurtis Mantronik absorbed all the New York music influences around him and created a musical path that has enabled him to be an artist, producer and remixer respected in all fields of dance music. Kurtis Mantronik's first job was in-store DJ in New York's legendary Downtown Records (aged 15). It was here that he first met Hip-Hop DJs such as Red Alert, Africa Bambaata and The Latin Rascals as well as the rising House DJs of the day such as a young Tony Humphreys and the like. It was here also that he also first met a young Will Socolov who was starting a new record label, Sleeping Bag records. Will asked Kurtis to make a record and shortly after "Fresh Is The Word" was released. Mantronix quickly became an underground star, releasing in quick succession a string of classic releases such as "Needle to the Groove", "Who Is It?", "King of the Beats" and "Bassline". As Mantronix became a star ,Sleeping Bag also quickly became THE underground New York dance label releasing many more tracks played, produced or remixed by Mantronix as well as releasing Arthur Russell's legendary project Dinosaur L "Go Bang" and Larry Levan¹s classic "Weekend". From this base Kurtis Mantronik has continued as one of the few true pioneers in music, be it Hip-Hop, Electro or Dance. This album features the tracks that have most influenced Mantronix and features a mixture of Old-School Rap, Electro and Disco/House. The album is full of New York block-party classics, whether it's the Rap classics "It's Yours", "Super Rhymes" or "That¹s The Joint", Disco classics from Machine, Unlimited Touch and Suzy Q or classic European and Japanese Electro from the likes of Yello, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Kurtis Mantronik performed an exclusive old-school DJ set alongside a live performance by the equally legendary ESG as part of Soul Jazz Records New York Double-Bill Special party at Bagleys Studio, London on Sat 27 April 2002.