AMTHST: Thug Passion

LA-based singer/songwriter Nite Jewel has joined forces with Bay Area rapper/producer Droop-E (it runs in the family: his dad is rapper E-40) for a power duo called AMTHST, and their first track “Thug Passion” is a doozie. Nite Jewel (aka Ramona Gonzalez) loves a good collab, having released music with Dam-Funk (under the name Nite-Funk) and Julia Holter. She’s responsible for the soft, dreamy vocals while Droop-E (Earl Stevens Jr) delivers background vocals that are almost like a recorded phone conversation. Altogether it’s woozy, swampy and heavy, but is counterbalanced by glittery psychedelic tinges from outer space.