Boomkat Product Review:
Nairobi ambient wizard KMRU combs his archives to assemble this v enjoyable collection of odds 'n sods. The drones are pushed to one side for a hot minute as he explores Emeralds-esque cosmic psychedelia, clankin house, contemplative piano-bient and ping-ponging early electronic moods.
Following a banner 2020 with acclaimed albums on Editions Mego, Dagoretti and Rope Records, Joseph Kamaru - now based in Berlin - has selected some of his favorite Bandcamp-released tracks for "Logue". All of this music was produced at a time when Kamaru was evolving quickly as a young artist, learning his craft and placing himself within his shifting surroundings. Written between 2017 and 2019, the tracks show an inquisitive mind grabbing different ideas and sounds, personalizing them with field recordings and adding glacial synthesized elements that would characterize later recordings like "Peel" and "Jar".
For anyone who's only heard his more sensual and abstract long-form work, "Logue" might be surprising. The music here is more compact and more Kompakt, leaning towards the Cologne label's ongoing "Pop Ambient" compilations. It's good-natured, upbeat music that shifts between lowercase IDM-flecked house ('Jinja Encounters', '11'), Japanese-style architectural ambient ('Bai Fields', 'Logue', 'Points') and fractal cosmic deep space exploration ('Argon', 'A Meditation of Listening'). Recommended.