Kyle Cochrun

Kyle Cochrun is a writer from Akron, Ohio.
Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

Nearly a decade since their last album, T3 and Young RJ continue Slum Village’s legacy as a duo, bringing the group’s sound into a mature yet danceable space.

Exploring the Hip-Hop Vibration with Hank Shocklee

Exploring the Hip-Hop Vibration with Hank Shocklee

Tying in his legacy to a new short film trilogy, legendary Public Enemy/Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee traces the line from his classic grooves to our modern sound.

Funk Producer Jamma-Dee Distorts Time on ‘Perceptions’

Funk Producer Jamma-Dee Distorts Time on ‘Perceptions’

Despite not playing an instrument growing up, Jamma-Dee’s love of crate-digging and funk soon birthed their own colorful contribution to the genre.

RP Boo Traces the Chicago House Roots of Footwork

RP Boo Traces the Chicago House Roots of Footwork

Foundational footwork producer RP Boo takes us through the history of the influential electronic genre, a mutant offshoot of ghetto house that makes you dance.

Buscrates Brings Real Heart and Soul to Vintage Synth-Funk

Buscrates Brings Real Heart and Soul to Vintage Synth-Funk

In crafting his own brand of hip-hop-inspired instrumental funk, Buscrates proves on his latest album he’s a student of the great producers who’ve come before.

Once Upon a Time in the Northeast with Kid Koala

Once Upon a Time in the Northeast with Kid Koala

The beloved Canadian turntablist Kid Koala knows the secret to success: always push for the new and unexpected. No wonder his new album comes with a board game.

DJ Sun Discusses His Immigrant Roots and ‘Loveletter’ to Music

DJ Sun Discusses His Immigrant Roots and ‘Loveletter’ to Music

DJ Sun discusses how he started DJing, his process for making albums, sampling 1970s porn records, and recording an LP about discovering his Chinese heritage.

The Orielles Break Old Patterns with a Film and a Card Deck

The Orielles Break Old Patterns with a Film and a Card Deck

From releasing films as a band to using Brian Eno’s card deck to help guide the sound of their epic new double-LP, the Orielles remain as indescribable as ever.

Mike Paradinas on His IDM Sound From the 1990s to Now

Mike Paradinas on His IDM Sound From the 1990s to Now

Electronic music legend Mike Paradinas is having a big year, with the 25th-anniversary edition of the classic Lunatic Harness, as well as the new LP Magic Pony Ride.

DJ Amir Is Fighting for Detroit’s Musical Underdogs with Jazzanova

DJ Amir Is Fighting for Detroit’s Musical Underdogs with Jazzanova

Jazzanova’s DJ Amir has fought for the musical underdog, and with the Strata Records catalog now readily available, Detroit soul and jazz are getting a glow-up.

Homeboy Sandman Stays Fly and Authentic on ‘There in Spirit’

Homeboy Sandman Stays Fly and Authentic on ‘There in Spirit’

Homeboy Sandman represents the hip-hop ethos with a sound that’s not in the contemporary mainstream but not a nostalgic throwback either. He’s pure hip-hop.

KPM Music Opens the Vault for the Crate Diggers Series and DJs and Producers Dig In

KPM Music Opens the Vault for the Crate Diggers Series and DJs and Producers Dig In

Damu the Fudgemunk, Deca, DJ Credit One, Jared Boxx, and EMI’s Peter Clarke take PopMatters along in their deep dig into KPM Music’s Crate Diggers series.