Piotr Orlov

Piotr Orlov was born a music enthusiast in St. Petersburg, Russia – back when it was called Leningrad – and remembers hearing Louis Armstrong records in his crib.

He’s been a New Yorker since the plane carrying his family touched down at JFK in March of ‘77. Henceforth, Piotr’s life has been about adapting to, and pursuing the new. Cause that’s how immigrants do.

Piotr’s DJ debut was at his own 7th grade dance, and paints a direct line to the monthly “Treehouse” parties he throws in Brooklyn. Over the past 18 years, his writing on music and culture has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Arthur, numerous alt-weeklies, and countless websites. (His own is Newly Lost Edge.) In the ‘00s, he’s helped curate the music for a museum show about Fela Kuti (“The Black President” at the New Museum), started a digital music business for MTV, and began consulting on digital strategy for bands, brands and one creative agency.

PS: Feel free to call him “Peter.”

Piotr Orlov appears in the following:

First Listen: Africaine 808, 'Basar'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Berlin duo's club music transcends dance-floor stereotypes through extreme juxtapositions, while drawing its power from a TR 808 drum machine and a world of sound.


First Listen: Junior Boys, 'Big Black Coat'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The long-running duo returns with another set of inventive, era-spanning, synth-driven techno-pop that sets Jeremy Greenspan's alternately husky and delicate voice against synthetic backgrounds.


Our Top Discoveries At globalFEST 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Highlights from New York's one-night festival of global sounds included music from Haiti's dance-clubs, Ukrainian experimental theater and Mexican cabarets.


Songs We Love: Emily Wells, 'Come To Me'

Monday, January 25, 2016

The singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist returns with her trademark blend of earthbound traditionalism and electronic ambiance.


Songs We Love: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'The Cross'

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Will Oldham covering Prince's gospel-soul classic for John Peel's BBC Show in 1994 — it rarely gets better than that.


Son Little, Live In Concert

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Philly singer-guitarist's trio showed up at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge in a blues-rock mood. Watch Son Little perform a batch of songs from his self-titled album.


Songs We Love: Tokyo Black Star, 'Mitokomon'

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ennio Morricone meets William Onyeabor at Compass Point Studios in the Japanese house-music group's nostalgic, quasi-reggae electro jam.


Songs We Love: Daniel Martin Moore, 'It's Christmas'

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Louisville songwriter's wonderfully reflective original is an antidote to the "War on Christmas."


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Our two-hour mix featuring more than two dozen of the year's best dance tracks reflects an ever-shifting landscape that — through everything — stays true to the beat.


First Listen: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, 'It's A Holiday Soul Party'

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The soul singer's new collection of holiday songs seems destined to become a revisited classic.


NPR Music's 10 Favorite Electronic Albums Of 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

From an American techno traditionalist to an omnivorous Norwegian wanderer, from ambient Canadian soundscapes to the Lisbon club scene, our favorite electronic albums of 2015 cross many borders.


Songs We Love: Florist, 'White Light Doorway'

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

New intimate Crayola-colored confession from Emily Sprague and her band of twee indie-pop merry men.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From November

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hear a mix of the month's best electronic tunes, including new music from Robert Hood, Seven Davis Jr, Malory and more.


First Listen: Tom Jones, 'Long Lost Suitcase'

Monday, November 30, 2015

Long Lost Suitcase is not just Jones' story, but also the story of America's musical roots spreading to reach the whole planet, generation by generation.


Songs We Love: Baaba Maal, 'Fulani Rock'

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Senegalese vocal master meets The Very Best producer and causes a mighty rhythmic ruckus.


Songs We Love: Circles Around The Sun, 'Kasey's Bones'

Friday, November 20, 2015

Composed for The Grateful Dead's reunion shows last summer, "Kasey's Bones" jams on its own.


Songs We Love: tindersticks, 'Hey Lucinda'

Monday, November 09, 2015

The grand cinematic return of Stuart Staples' band of chamber-goth romantics, includes a duet with the late Lhasa de Sela.


Recommended Dose: October's Best Dance Tracks

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Your monthly cliff notes to the best electronic music features new tunes from Ducky, Toxe, Len Leise and more.


Track By Track: Agoria Explains 'Independence'

Friday, October 30, 2015

How a multimedia artist, a classical pianist and a Hollywood sound designer affected the veteran French techno producer's new EP.


Songs We Love: Auntie Flo Feat. Poppy Ackroyd & Richard Thair, 'For Mihaly'

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A melancholy track about living in the moment from fine purveyors of globally minded house music.