Lost but not least! Mateo & Matos – Joy 2 My Life (Large Music)
“You elevate my soul, you bring joy 2 my life… You take me higher!” As many words that say it all regarding the blowin’ jam by the likes of Mateo & Matos. With singer Sam Lopez takin’ the center stage on this hypnotic rumblin’ bass driven cut. One of their definitive highlights along with ‘Celebrate Life’ which they released 2 years before on the same label…
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John “Roc” Mateo and Eddie “E-Z” Matos both found their influences in the late 70’s Disco. John Mateo started by broadcasting sets over his CB radio in 1985. It was through this self-produced show that Eddie Matos first made contact with him. They became friends and shortly afterward joined forces. Listening to Larry Levan, Tony Humphries, Shep Pettibone and Little Louie Vega, they got introduced to the latter. Learning about studio production and engineering from him, they started working on their own music.
In the footsteps of these famous US productions pairs from Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic) to Louie Vega and Kenny Dope (Masters At Work). They had much in common with Johnny D and Nicky P. Eventually releasing their most Disco flavored productions on their Henry Street label.
The twosome explored different facets though, collaborating with labels such as Nite Grooves or Glasgow Underground. But also Large coming up there with the essential ‘Celebrate Life’ and ‘Joy 2 My Life’ in 2000 and 2002. Meanwhile, they ventured into deeper territories on Joe Claussell‘s Spiritual Life imprint. Beginning with the deep and jazzy ‘Mixed Moods’. A groovy and atmospheric gem which found extra exposure soon after on the ‘Spiritual Life Music’ comp on UK label Nuphonic.
Mateo & Matos released a total of 5 albums. With 4 of them on Glasgow Underground and their last – ‘Essential Elements’ – back in 2004 on King Street.