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:

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.


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."