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.
1998 and 1999 were such strong years for disco house that it’s easy to see why some of the best records of that era are often overshadowed by the ones that crossed over into commercial success. Such is the case with the gorgeous piano house anthem “Makes Me Love You” from Eclipse, one of many pseudonyms used by veteran house producers Bini & Martini.
The Italian duo began producing tracks together in 1996 under the name House of Glass and soon developed a strong reputation as remixers lending their touch to releases from Wamdue Project, Soul Providers and their classic remix of “My Washing Machine” – Sikk.
“Makes Me Love You” is a shimmering piece of summertime house based around a loop lifted from Sister Sledge‘s classic “Thinking of You“. Serving as the 100th release on Britain’s renowned Azuli label, Bini & Martini add some fittingly tropical percussion and a soaring piano line together with some re-sung vocal stabs from the original. The result is a 10-minute anthem, perfect for the end of the night and a great way to bring your crowd back down to earth before sending them home. Hitting #25 on the UK charts, this one may not have hit the same commercial heights that Stardust, Armand and Phats & Small did at the time, but it remains a top disco house tune and is worthy of being added to any late-night house set.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve put anything up here, but I was blown away by how many followers and visits we’ve had since my last login! As a token of my appreciation, here is my reworking of the all-time trance classic Cafe del Mar – Energy 52 and gave the alias I used the name Haunted Hope as that’s what came to mind when I was working with the sounds I decided to use. Rather than peppering it with samples from the original mixes, I simply decided to replay everything from scratch to give it the feel I wanted. It has become my most played track on Soundcloud and as everyone and their grandmere has remixed this one, I am so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to listen to it and give positive feedback.
I know thekeytothehouse has been quiet lately due to some recent time constraints that haven’t allowed me to devote the proper time to my articles here. The final two installments in our review of Daft Punk’s Homework will be up soon and much more! Keep checking back and thanks to everyone for helping me to crack 740 views!