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: Michael Mayer, '&'

Thursday, October 20, 2016

One of global techno's boldface names pushes himself into new territories on a collaboration album stocked with dance-music's leading lights.


Songs We Love: Tuff City Kids, 'Labyrinth (Feat. Annie)'

Friday, September 09, 2016

The singer nicknamed "the Norwegian Kylie" meets the synth-pop, disco-house production duo from Germany for some deep bubblegum grooves.


Social Fabric: Will The Closing Of London's Great Nightclub Unravel A Scene?

Friday, September 09, 2016

One of London's most renowned clubs, fabric, is shutting down and the global dance music community is mourning. The decision will likely have broader effects than the shuttering of a single space.


Songs We Love: Black Coffee, 'We Dance Again (Feat. Nakhane Toure)'

Friday, September 02, 2016

Last year's hit collaboration between two South African superstars — a house-music producer and an openly gay crooner — escapes the country's borders.


Guest Dose: Delroy Edwards

Monday, August 29, 2016

The 26-year-old producer's guest mix also serves as an introduction to his label, L.A. Club Resource.


Portable Takes Us Inside His New Album, 'Alan Abrahams,' Track By Track

Friday, August 19, 2016

"I wanted to make an album that brings out emotions," the South African producer says. Listen to every track and read Abrahams' comments on each one.


Songs We Love: Harari, 'Party'

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#TBT to a great artifact of South Africa's early '80s flirtation with disco and the future — those synthesizers and slinky grooves haven't aged a bit.


Songs We Love: Låpsley, 'Operator (DJ Koze's Extended Disco Version)'

Friday, July 29, 2016

DJ Koze knows that turning a great pop song into a timeless club bomb involves simple tweaking, not full-scale reinvention.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of July

Friday, July 29, 2016

It's Friday: Ring in the weekend with the six best electronic dance jams we heard this month.


Songs We Love: Abra, 'Thinking Of U'

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

As Atlanta experiences a house-music renaissance, Abra's openhearted love song sounds like the next great step in soulful minimalism.


Guest Dose: Lindstrøm

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hear a rare DJ mix from the producer who helped define the psychedelic space-disco sound.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Right Now

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Brexit or no Brexit, international exchange is the club's natural state. Hear a mix of new tracks featuring multicultural collaborations among EU-based artists.


Guest Dose: Steven Julien Of FunkinEven

Friday, June 24, 2016

The don of revered electronic music label Apron Records is about to release his first album under his given name. He brings the future boogie on NPR Music's latest Recommended Dose guest dance mix.


First Listen: Mark Barrott, 'Sketches From An Island 2'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Barrott's Balearic music, rooted in the sounds of his adopted home on Ibiza, exudes no fuss even as it distills an entire planet of sound into a local spirit.


Songs We Love: The 312, 'Touch Your Body (Moodymann Remix)'

Friday, June 17, 2016

This instant house classic unites dance-music giants from Chicago (Felix da Housecat and Jamie Principle) and Detroit (Moodymann), and comes after a week of grief in the gay community.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of May

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

An instant classic from an anonymous source headlines this month's survey of the underground.


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.