AshTreJinkins has always had a taste for the abstract. From his glitched-out Low End Theory-tested hip-hop to his recent forays into broken-down techno and house, there’s always been a grimy opacity that keeps his work at a distance, like a smudged porthole looking deep into the Pacific." /> L.A. Record

ASHTREJINKINS: FRUIT IN FAILURE EP

September 26th, 2017 | Album reviews

ASHTREJINKINS
Fruit In Failure
Apron

Compton’s AshTreJinkins has always had a taste for the abstract. From his glitched-out Low End Theory-tested hip-hop to his recent forays into broken-down techno and house, there’s always been a grimy opacity that keeps his work at a distance, like a smudged porthole looking deep into the Pacific. But the fish on the other side are coming to say hi on Fruit In Failure, his first EP for FunkinEven’s Apron Records. “But I Got You This Haunted House Baby” is a genuine dancefloor filler, with squelching bass and shuffling kick drums fighting for survival over a lurching house rhythm. And “Paradise Quotes” loops a couple of comfort-food samples–one vocal, one piano–over light, playful percussion, like a sped-up take on his earlier busted beats. Rather than the ominous greyscale of previous EP Stretch, AshTre sounds like he’s having fun here, cramming each sketch with handfuls of bright sound before jumping to the next idea. It’s not all fun and games, though–Stretch was released over two years ago, when our society was a markedly different place, which AshTre acknowledges with the notably dark synth exercise “Alternative Facts”. It’s a jolt back to reality after a stretch of blissful abandon—something that practically begs you to lift the needle back to the edge of the record.

—Zach Bilson