Back in 1999, Blair's first album as Sidestepper, the party-aimed and drum 'n' bass-oriented More Grip, prefigured that genre's current Latin craze. Working with Colombian songwriter Ivan Benavides on 3AM, he proffers a more soulful vibe, threading cumbia and Cuban salsa through a melange of Jamaican reggae styles. The duo tucks chugging percussion and chatty singing into the dub beats and plucky bass lines of "Me Gustas (No Me Disgustas)," while giving cumbia a modern dancehall twist on the playful "Más Papaya." Vocals from Latin and Jamaican cultures are key to 3AM.
Blair's reggae/Latin hybrid isn't totally foolproof; the dubby blips and beats seem superimposed on the salsa of "Donde Va Mi Corazón," a tune that works best when it reappears later on the album as "Walking," a bumping, straight-ahead dub version with vocals by smooth UK chanteur Jucxi.