If ambient sounds and music are your bread and butter, then we’ve got just the artist for you.
The artist in question is KMRU, whose real name is Joseph Kamaru, is Berlin based but born in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a sound artist and producer that has gained attention from music fans worldwide, by creating deeply moving output, drifting, and meditative sounds. But how does he do this?
Well, by using methods such as field recording, improvisation, noise, machine learning, radio art, and drones. And this has also not gone unnoticed, as platforms such as NPR, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, and Bandcamp have praised him for his work.
Source: The Vinyl Factory
In 2020 he released three albums in which he showed the depth and range of his sound. The first, Peel, is an LP of an LP of hypnotic drones on the avant-garde institution Editions Mego. Second is Jar, a dreamlike cassette of found sounds and analog ambience, followed by Opaquer, a collection of vivid and dreamlike sound sculptures. In 2021 he released one more gem, Logue. All these releases signal an artist with a clear focus and boundless vision.
But KMRU is not just an artist. Next to his music, he is a core member of Black Bandcamp, which is a DIY effort promote black artists and labels. Using Internet Public Radio, guests on NTS and Rinse FM, he presents a monthly show and organizes workshops. He also manages reissues of music by his grandfather, Joseph Kamaru. And on top of that, he is studying a masters at Universität der Künste Berlin for Sound Studies and Sonic Arts.
He’s quite the artist and he’s only getting started, so go check him out for a very special experience!