LA singer-songwriter Nite Jewel and Bay Area rapper/producer Droop-E have linked to form AMTHST. Nite Jewel usually laces her vocals with a synthed-out brand of glimmering pop, and Droop-E melds his hometown hyphy, R&B, deft sampling, and plenty of low-end knock with lifestyle raps. On their first song as a duo, “Thug Passion,” they combine sensibilities for a woozy, meandering foray into their new sound. A glitchy blip sequence opens the track and slips underneath an R&B-leaning drum pattern and swampy bass. Nite Jewel’s vocals delicately drift above it all as she alluringly repeats, “You don’t call me” on the low-key yet infectious hook. Check it out below.
AMTHST’s Euphoria EP is out 2/17 on E-40’s Sik Wid It Records. Here’s the tracklist:
02 “Let it Go”
03 “Thug Passion”
05 “I Wonder”