Boomkat Product Review:
Capturing sounds from the environment has become an essential part of KMRU’s creative process resulting in emotive ambient, geographic soundscape experiments.
"For Erased Ep, he combines everything from gritty, indigenous field recordings to piano to 303. Each track evolves at a deliberate pace, starting off with Erased that builds up as the tones overlap and the rhythms build, leading to the ‘Solus’ where KMRU layers sounds recorded from his living room to his ‘shamba walks’ adding synthesized drums. The track slows until the moment feels all but frozen in suspended animation. Finishing with Unkind which is his favorite, he uses field recordings and foley sounds to evoke more than emotion on this unkind track. Creating neutral sounds from a subtle piano and synth improvisation from his Korg minilogue.
Nairobi-based producer Joseph Kamaru, better known under the name KMRU, is notable for making intelligent atmospheric and emotionally evocative electronic music. His sonic identity has evolved alongside his journey from classical guitar to production. Using everything from gritty, indigenous sound to recorded ‘atmospheric noise’ or intricate sonic landscapes. Capturing sounds from the environment has become an essential part of his creative process resulting in emotive ambient, geographic soundscapes, electronica, and even techno."