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:

'Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.' Documents A Complex Life In Pop Atop An Unrelenting World

Friday, September 28, 2018

In the new documentary Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., director Steve Loveridge examines the development, rise and oppositional success of the iconoclastic pop star — who was always something else entirely.


First Listen: Kamaal Williams, 'The Return'

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Williams is a central figure in London's jazz renaissance. Stream the producer's debut full-length in its entirety.


First Listen: Wajatta, 'Casual High Technology'

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Reggie Watts teams up with John Tejada, an elder statesman of West Coast dance music, to create soulful and abstract electro-pop.


First Listen: Mr. Fingers, 'Cerebral Hemispheres'

Thursday, April 05, 2018

One of house music's Chicago architects returns with a journey through his eclectic past, and a renewed creative streak.


What You Could Take Away From 'David Bowie Is'

Saturday, March 17, 2018

When the exhibit was first conceived, in tandem with Bowie's own collection, its success was far from guaranteed. In the five years since, its outlived its subject and changed as much as he once did.


First Listen: The Maghreban, '01DEAS'

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The veteran U.K. hip-hop producer turns outsider and crafts a sample-heavy, house music debut.


First Listen: Daphni, 'Fabriclive 93'

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The new album from Caribou's Dan Snaith is a continuous mix consisting entirely of brand new music and exclusive remixes.


Songs We Love: Bonobo, 'Bambro Koyo Ganda (Feat. Innov Gnawa) (Analog Version)'

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

This alternate mix of the downbeat electronic producer's collaboration with the Moroccan folk group Innov Gnawa electrifies the track's cross-cultural currents.


First Listen: Jlin, 'Black Origami'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Gary, Ind., electronic producer turns a Chicago footwork party into a global drum-machine circle.


First Listen: Carl Craig, 'Versus'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Detroit techno colossus reimagines his greatest tracks with a concert pianist and a symphony orchestra.


First Listen: Mr. Mitch, 'Devout'

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The London grime producer's second album is a song-cycle about family.


Four Tet Remixes The xx's Gloomy 'A Violent Noise' Into A Danceable Seduction

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Four Tet revisits the music of his longtime collaborators The xx.


First Listen: Spoek Mathambo, 'Mzansi Beat Code'

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Mzansi Beat Code is a groove-packed, sociopolitical statement that places the 34-year-old producer at South Africa's creative center.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of March

Friday, March 31, 2017

Listen to six superb transmissions from the underground, ranging from ambient beats to rugged drum 'n' bass.


First Listen: Kelly Lee Owens, 'Kelly Lee Owens'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stream the intoxicating debut album from the London-based singer/producer who brings a meditative songwriting style to club rhythms.


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of February

Monday, March 06, 2017

Joy Orbison returns, Detroit gets the house track it deserves, and three of the biggest names in U.K. garage unite.


First Listen: Talaboman, 'The Night Land'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

John Talabot and Axel Boman's first album together produces feedback drones, new age psychedelia, and leftfield house.


Songs We Love: Ron Trent Shares Some Deep House 'History'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The deep house pioneer's new box set sheds light on the development of club music.


First Listen: Kingdom, 'Tears In The Club'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

With help from Syd Tha Kid and SZA, the famed "mutant R&B" producer's long-awaited debut continues to remodel modern soul while tackling the melancholy of the club.


Guest Dose: Byron The Aquarius

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The jazz keyboard prodigy and house aficionado spins some hard-hitting tracks, including his unreleased cut with Kai Alce, for his Recommended Dose Guest Mix.