The 90’s was an important time for Canadian dance music in terms of quality and quantity. In addition to support from dance-oriented radio stations across the country, many artists actually became more well-known due to their music videos being shown on dance music themed television programs like Electric Circus on Toronto’s MuchMusic and Bouge de la via Montreal’s Musique Plus.
One act I was introduced to through their videos on EC was the Montreal-based Shauna Davis project, fronted by Haitian-born vocalist Stephane Moraille. The first single “Get Away” received moderate radio and video play as did the third release from the project, “Try My Love“. Sandwiched nicely between the two was what I believe to be the strongest single under the Shauna Davis moniker and a classic piece of Canadian house music: “Into You“.
The production really pops on this release; some of the nicest house beats I’ve heard in a Canadian track, a lovely Korg M1 organ-like bassline and synth stabs with a great vocal arrangement that keeps thing moving. It has a classic feel right down to the song itself and often gets overlooked when considering the best house tracks to come out of Canada. This one still goes down well in a vocal house set and works just as effectively in peak time as it does in a good warm-up set.