After the HUGE success of his critically acclaimed, debut album Augmented 7th, Ash Walker is back with his 2nd studio album, entitled Echo Chamber
Support on the singles leading up to album has been nothing short of fantastic, hearing the likes of Don Letts, Gilles Peterson, Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft (all BBC 6Music), Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45's), Lefto, Joe Kay (Soulection) & Zeb Samuels all spinning tunes on regular rotation.
The album continues a similar feel and energy of Augmented 7th, but you can hear Walker has settled into his sound with confidence and that all important swagger.
As you would expect, Jazz sits at the very core of the album with Trip-Hop beats providing the tread that holds it all together.
The balance of instrumental tracks & featured vocals is a perfect mix. It focuses heavily on musicianship and instrumental recordings, but features a total of 4 tracks with vocals, all provided by close friends from Ash Walker, that will be names to keep an eye on for sure.
Ash Walker has been compared with the likes of Flying Lotus, Massive attack, U.N.K.L.E, DJ Shadow & Nightmares on Wax, to name some artists you might be familiar with.
Here is some information on some of the musicians Ash Walker has collaborated on for this album.
Marc Cyril, who has played Bass and electric guitar on several productions, has an impressive musical CV and provides some jaw dropping layers to Walker's music.
He has collaborated with the likes of Joss Stone, Dennis Bovell, Jr Walker and the All Stars and Faithless' Maxi Jazz, to name some highlights.
And for the lead single Dark Hour, none other than Saxophonist Benjamin Barnet features, who has worked with some big names in the music business as well. Some highlights include: DJ Fresh, Paul Oakenfold & The Black Eyed Peas.
As a DJ, Ash has long performed in support of prestigious acts including The Specials, Lee Scratch Perry, and David Rodigan, but now signed to Deep Heads, his productions are receiving the increased attention they deserve. 'Augmented 7th', received staunch radio support from BBC 6 Music, with air time play from the likes of Gideon Coe, Gilles Peterson Don Letts and Tom Robinson whilst also receiving glowing praises from publications such as Clash Magazine, Okayplayer, XLR8R & Konbini.