Mantronix – Fresh Is The Word

Sleeping Bag Records (US) [SLX-00014] 1985

Jamaican born Kurtis Khaleel (Kurtis Mantronik) began as an in-store DJ for Downtown Records in Manhattan. It was there that he met Haitian born Toure Embden (MC Tee). The two became good friends and decided to produce a demo which led to them signing with Sleeping Bag Records and releasing this, their debut release, which included scratching by DJ Louie Lou.

There are a few label variations for this release. The original Sleeping Bag label had a different catalogue number on each side. It was unofficially reissued in the 2000’s, however, it’s instantly recognizable as the label was printed using a different font and it has the same catalogue number on each side. It was also officially reissued in 1999 on Warlock Records as part of their Warlock Classics series.


Original Sleeping Bag Release SLX-0014 / SLX-14 (1985)

Side A

Fresh Is The Word [5:59]

Side B

Fresh Is The Beat (Dub Version) [4:58]
Fresh Is The Word (Radio Version) [3:42]

Warlock Reissue WR-810 (1999)

Side A

Fresh Is The Word (12″ Club Mix) [5:31]

Side B

Fresh Is The Word (Instrumental) [4:58]
Fresh Is The Word (Vocal Remix) [6:03]

Unofficial Sleeping Bag Release SLX-14 (2000’s)

Side A

Fresh Is The Word [5:59]

Side B

Fresh Is The Beat (Dub Version) [4:58]
Fresh Is The Word (Radio Version) [3:42]



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