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.
KMRU is one of the rising stars of the East African music scene, selected as one of Resident Advisor's 15 East African artists you need to hear last year, playing at the infamous Nyege Nyege Festival in 2018, and being picked up by Deadmau5's label Mau5trap for a track on their 'We Are Friends' compilation, with Chris Waldt. KMRU makes intelligent atmospheric and emotionally evocative electronic music.
As his Erased EP demonstrates, soulful electronica sounds beautiful, even natural. Just a 300 pressing, so pick up this gem from Nairobi before they go - 3 sublime tracks! Mastered by Neil Perch, artwork by G.S-L Studio.