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:

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.


First Listen: Floating Points, 'Elaenia'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A slice of ambient, psychedelic-jazz dance music from one of the London club scene's top producers. There are only hints of vocals, and the ones that do appear aren't used in the service of language.


Songs We Love: Kode9, 'Vacuum Packed'

Friday, October 23, 2015

Following the death of longtime collaborator The Spaceape, producer Steve Goodman goes avant-garde, mixing jazz piano, minimalist organ lines, and footwork beats.


First Listen: Dexter Story, 'Wondem'

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What happens when a veteran L.A. soul and jazz instrumentalist discovers the music of Ethiopia? The answer: a world of influence and possibility.


Songs We Love: Mano Le Tough, 'Trails'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Niall Mannion's heartfelt and abstract electronic-pop winner is a song made for people who are at home in a club, yet universal in the way they search for connection with others.


Recommended Dose: September's Best Dance Tracks

Monday, October 05, 2015

New music from Cooly G, one of London's leading funky scientists, Ge-Ology, a Brooklynite practicing Detroit house magic plus more dance tracks for early Fall.


All Songs +1: Mark Ronson On Making Something Old New Again

Friday, October 02, 2015

On this week's +1 Podcast, we talk with producer, DJ and musician Mark Ronson about the allure of vintage sounds, and why he chose to build his career around making the old sound new again.


Songs We Love: Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl, 'Universe Is A Simulation'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Experimental Chicago beat-maker Jamal Moss' astral jazz turn features an unlikely machines-and-horn duet with Daniel Carter that enriches the world around them.


Songs We Love: Dan Friel, 'Rattler'

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Friel, who co-founded the experimental rock band Parts & Labor, continues down a solo path of electronic noise, rhythm and melody that also manifests as melancholy pop.


Songs We Love: Boulevards, 'Honesty'

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Raleigh's Jamil Rashad is a funk-boogie stylist who embraces 21st-century dance-floor hedonism, speeding from one classic musical climax to another.


The Arcs, Live In Concert

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Watch a full concert by the new eight-piece band, led by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Recorded live at Housing Works in SoHo, the set features songs from The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily.


Songs We Love: T&T Music Factory, 'De Natte Cel'

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Seth Troxler and Tom Trago pay tribute to a legendary Amsterdam club with a spooky house hymn that's both appropriately jokey and deceptively serious.


Songs We Love: Patrick Cowley, 'Somebody To Love Tonight'

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Deep in the archives of San Francisco's genius Hi-NRG disco producer lies a demo that's a sci-fi funk masterpiece in its own right.


Recommended Dose: August's Best Dance Tracks

Friday, August 28, 2015

New music from Joy Orbison, one of the leading lights of the U.K. garage and house revivals, plus more dance tracks for the waning days of summer in our monthly mix.


Songs We Love: Santiago Salazar, 'Mama Paz'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The L.A. producer crafts an ecstatic blend of classic Afro-Cuban rhythm and modern American techno kick, inspired by his mom.