Nite Jewel and producer Droop-E’s decision to join together once more is one that continues to pay rich dividends. This time the two reconfigure as AMTHST and the entire experience is like they’ve slipped something into all of our drinks.
‘Thug Passion’ is off their collaborative EP Euphoria, and can hardly be accused of false advertisement. It’s dizzyingly seductive from the first quiver of its bass line. The track’s R&B swagger and beat are nothing but smooth lines that are overlaid occasionally by a shimmering sample that sounds closest to something like sensual, digital rain. By the time the red mist dissipates, they’ve already got us all hooked. And one can only hope it’s a harbinger for similarly ambitious and satisfying tracks combing the pair’s talents on Euphoria.