Ethereal house and downtempo.
Last time I checked in with Steenkamer, he was in the midst of a prolific year. (The Toronto artist had a hand in five EPs in 2016.) It's been quiet since. On Glass Road, he picks up where he left off, refining the analog style of previous releases. "Swizik" and "Remember When" are playful disco-house tracks that bring Morgan Geist's recent records to mind. Steenkamer, like the Metro Area cofounder, is a mixdown don—every kick sits perfectly in the mix, each delay meticulously timed.
A drawing on the cover of Glass Road depicts a Lamborghini cruising down a road flanked by massive jewels, and the title track lives up to this luxurious, otherworldly scene. The 85-BPM "Glass Road" is replete with '80s-style gated snares and lush synth leads. Though just three minutes long, it's one of Steenkamer's best. Sensing the track's epic potential, Flørist goes for a cosmic garage-house style on his superb "Pressure Mix." He stutters the bassline like Kerri Chandler, providing a sturdy base for rave pianos and wordless vocals swirling in effects.