Under the glow of moonlight, Zak Damundo has arrived on the Cold Busted label scene with his fantastic debut album 3am. The alias of San Francisco DJ/producer Zach DeVincent, Damundo presents 18 original and sampled beats. 3am is aptly titled as the tracks transmit a dead-of-night vibe, with loose rhythms, spacey samples, and lush melodic constructions. The album's cuts are prime movers for the crafty selector, perfectly elevating the after-hours lounge DJ set.
3am opens with "Soul" which draws from ‘quiet storm' '80s funk in the low end and dreamy, ambient '90s electronica through its swirling pads. The stylistic combination is infectious and continues throughout this evocative album. Other highlights include the echoed guitar chops and rising pads of "Comedown," "Drift's" pristine, laid-back jazz-funk textures, the dramatic strings and piano over a boom-bap beat in "Say Goodnight" and the lovely, immersive hip hop soundscape of "Venice."
Zak Damundo is on point, and 3am is recommended for any nocturnal hour.