The cloak of a night that never ends is suggested in titles like "Crash Soft," "Glare" and "It Was Already Light Out," which linger in the afterglow of ambience and sub-bass grooves. The wobbly tabla rhythm and a recurring three-note hook of "Don't" echo the '90s ethno-electronica of a band like Deep Forest. Churning, wordless vocals slide in and out of each other within a rising build-up in "Wet Eyes And Exhilaration." Album standout "We Out" precedes it with another murmuring, pitched-shifted voice winding around a panning keyboard patch for a brief yet invigorating two minutes.
"Seed" is the only song on 8AM with original lyrics, contributed by New York rapper and producer Khalif Diouf, credited here as Khalif Jones. (He was formerly known as Le1f.) The words trace a new romance unfolding on a night out, reposed on a delicate swell of synths and aspirating beats. “After the club / After the diner / After the taxi / Back to your bedroom,” Diouf moans. On the same song, he sings: "Everything you asked me to forget / Comes to the surface / In this moonlight." Intimate moments like these embody the dreamlike state that makes 8AM so appealing.