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:
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.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Williams is a central figure in London's jazz renaissance. Stream the producer's debut full-length in its entirety.
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.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
One of house music's Chicago architects returns with a journey through his eclectic past, and a renewed creative streak.
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.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The veteran U.K. hip-hop producer turns outsider and crafts a sample-heavy, house music debut.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Gary, Ind., electronic producer turns a Chicago footwork party into a global drum-machine circle.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Detroit techno colossus reimagines his greatest tracks with a concert pianist and a symphony orchestra.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The London grime producer's second album is a song-cycle about family.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Four Tet revisits the music of his longtime collaborators The xx.
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.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Listen to six superb transmissions from the underground, ranging from ambient beats to rugged drum 'n' bass.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Stream the intoxicating debut album from the London-based singer/producer who brings a meditative songwriting style to club rhythms.
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.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
John Talabot and Axel Boman's first album together produces feedback drones, new age psychedelia, and leftfield house.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The deep house pioneer's new box set sheds light on the development of club music.
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.
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.