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.”

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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.


Songs We Love: Joanna Newsom, 'Sapokanikan'

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The enigmatic storyteller offers an insight into her newest masterpiece, a "ragtimey encomium" to the forces of history.


All Songs +1: Marking The Demise Of 'The Spotify Of The '80s'

Friday, August 14, 2015

For this week's +1, members of NPR Music use the closure of mail-order music company Columbia House as an excuse for some '80s and '90s music nostalgia.


Songs We Love: Sinkane, "Yacha (Peaking Lights Dub Mix)"

Thursday, August 13, 2015

L.A.'s dubwise psyche-pop champions Peaking Lights meet the New York global music omnivore Sinkane on a downtown dance-floor.


Songs We Love: Tom Demac, 'The Shuttle Awaits'

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

London house sounds invoke melodies and textures from another era. Serious music for having fun.


Post-Christmas Special: Cosmic Twins at Santos'

Monday, December 28, 2009

Piotr Orlov shook off the holiday hangover and caught dance legends Derrick May and Francois Kevorkian.

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Social Mixer: Todd Edwards at Littlefield

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Todd Edwards and his garage sound came out of Bloomfield, New Jersey in the 1990s, yet another part of (the greater) New York house music's golden age.

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Thanksgiving Friday with DJ Harvey

Monday, November 30, 2009

Though his story reads like a nice stroll through a few of late 20th century's most potent musical subcultures, the reason forty-something Brit Harvey Bassett (a.k.a. DJ Harvey) is honored with legend status by today's disco hipsters rests less on where he's been, than on what he's brought back.

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