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: Claude VonStroke, 'Who's Afraid Of Detroit (Octave One Remix)'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A instant community anthem upon its release 10 years ago, the driving tech-house track is reworked by the brotherly Detroit duo that inspired Claude VonStroke.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Right Now

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This month's mix features disco-house, '80s throwbacks, some acidic Afrobeat, a mix of mbira and 808s, and a great soulful cover of Prince.


Guest Dose: DJ JNETT

Friday, April 15, 2016

"It went from my mother saying 'turn it down' to my kids saying 'turn it down,'" says Janette Pitruzzello, a 47-year-old mother of two who doubles as one of Melbourne's top DJs.


Jamie xx And The Value Of Other People's Music

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The easiest way to understand the music of Jamie xx, a producer and DJ whose dance-inspired beats are tempered with reserved atmospherics, is to accompany him on a crate-digging excursion.


First Listen: Carlos Niño & Friends, 'Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening!'

Thursday, April 14, 2016

One of Los Angeles' beloved denizens of the soul/jazz/hip-hop underground invites the likes of Madlib and Kamasi Washington to join him in creating a moving ode to spirituality.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From March

Friday, April 01, 2016

The best of March includes would-be hits from Norway, Israel, England, Canada and the South of France.


All My Friends Came To See Me Last Night: LCD Soundsystem Returns

Monday, March 28, 2016

On Sunday, James Murphy's reformed dance-rock troupe performed its first concert in five years at New York City's Webster Hall.


Songs We Love: The Field, 'Reflecting Lights'

Friday, March 25, 2016

On the closing track from his new album, The Follower, shoegaze techno producer Axel Willner deviates from the romantic trance norm and lets his subconscious gaze wander.


South X Lullaby: Timmy Thomas

Monday, March 21, 2016

Miami's soul music legend asks us to stop and see what's goin' down in this "Dizzy Dizzy World."


This Thing Called Life: Prince Announces His Memoir In Style

Saturday, March 19, 2016

In the mood to reminisce, the music legend announced he was writing his memoir, to be published in 2017, at an event that also included a career-spanning performance.


Songs We Love: Cloudland Canyon, 'Psychic Insistent'

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Produced by Spaceman 3's Sonic Boom, and featuring a cast of Memphis' finest players, indie experimentalists return with a melodic psychedelic-pop waltz.


Guest Dose: Daniel Haaksman

Friday, March 11, 2016

The globetrotting world-beat DJ and producer shares a mix of his favorite current tunes, from new Brazilian baile funk to the latest sounds by a Congolese supergroup.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Right Now

Monday, March 07, 2016

I don't know if you'd agree, but we at Rx Dose have been noticing that the world seems like an increasingly bizarre place, full of instability and chaos but bearing also an endless supply of leftfield wonders. Has this always been the case, and we simply have more access to ...


Songs We Love: Anna Meredith, 'Taken'

Monday, February 29, 2016

British composer Anna Meredith produces so many types of works that attempts at a simple summary of what sort of musician she is are laughable, almost quaint. She's written an orchestral symphony with beatboxing and traditional chamber music, made post-pop remixes and ...


Songs We Love: Walker Family Singers, 'Jesus Gave Me Water'

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The way recording engineer Michael Reilly tells it in the liner notes of Panola County Spirit, Raymond Walker, the eightysomething patriarch of the Walker Family of Como, Mississippi, was always a singer of some renown. In fact, he was once the leader of a locally legendary (though never recorded) gospel ...


Songs We Love: Snow Ghosts, 'Undertow'

Friday, February 19, 2016

One of the great things about the U.K.'s "electronic music" scene circa 2016 is how incredibly broadly defined it has become. It's turned into a place where the future and the past are incessantly co-mingling in dub's bass-bin. Folk narratives are being underpinned by abstract electronics, continental drifts of poly-rhythm ...


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of January

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Our first Rx Dose mix of 2016 is fashionably late, and all the better for it. Corralling our favorite dance tracks from January (and beyond) took a little longer than expected for a host of boring reasons, but hopefully, once you hear this month's roster, you'll agree it was worth ...


First Listen: Africaine 808, 'Basar'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Before you listen to Basar, the excellent debut album by Africaine 808, some context is necessary.

Global dance music has made deep inroads into European clubbing in recent years; focus even slightly, and it's everywhere you listen. London has long been a post-colonial melting pot of sound, where ...


First Listen: Junior Boys, 'Big Black Coat'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When contemplating the long career of the Junior Boys, it's hard not to think about another synthesizer-driven techno-pop duo that made its debut at essentially the same time: The Postal Service. You can't put too fine a point on how far outside the pop, indie and dance markets the ...


Our Top Discoveries At globalFEST 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On Sunday, Jan. 17, globalFEST, one of America's premiere showcases of musical talent from around the world, once again took over the three stages at Manhattan's Webster Hall. The one-evening festival has few American rivals in the way it simultaneously expands and condenses musical perspectives. The performances here move naturally ...