New York house music (undoubtedly a more rapacious and aggressive animal than its Chicago godfather) has longtime producers, Mateo & Matos to thank for keeping it alive. Raised on the city?s late 70?s disco shows, Eddie "E-Z" Matos and John "Roc" Mateo hooked up in the mid 80?s via John?s own pirate radio mixes that he broadcasted from his own home. After being mentored by a pre-Masters-At-Work, Louie Vega and spending much of the late 80?s actively playing NYC?s house circuit, Mateo & Matos embarked on a recording career that saw them drop deep singles for classic labels such as Nervous, Spiritual Life, and Henry Street as well as several original and mix albums for Scotland?s Glasgow Underground. Essential Elements, their U.S. album debut, enforces they?re role once again in keeping deep-house a credible art-form. Here they infuse African, Latin, and the good ol? four-on-the-floor beats in a complex combination of true New York flavor. The album tracks have been mixed together to give it a beefy blend that would be perfect for the floor of many poorly lit dance dwellings.