Piotr Orlov

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Songs We Love: Walker Family Singers, 'Jesus Gave Me Water'

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The way recording engineer Michael Reilly tells it in the liner notes of Panola County Spirit, Raymond Walker, the eightysomething patriarch of the Walker Family of Como, Mississippi, was always a singer of some renown. In fact, he was once the leader of a locally legendary (though never recorded) gospel ...


Songs We Love: Snow Ghosts, 'Undertow'

Friday, February 19, 2016

One of the great things about the U.K.'s "electronic music" scene circa 2016 is how incredibly broadly defined it has become. It's turned into a place where the future and the past are incessantly co-mingling in dub's bass-bin. Folk narratives are being underpinned by abstract electronics, continental drifts of poly-rhythm ...


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of January

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Our first Rx Dose mix of 2016 is fashionably late, and all the better for it. Corralling our favorite dance tracks from January (and beyond) took a little longer than expected for a host of boring reasons, but hopefully, once you hear this month's roster, you'll agree it was worth ...


First Listen: Africaine 808, 'Basar'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Before you listen to Basar, the excellent debut album by Africaine 808, some context is necessary.

Global dance music has made deep inroads into European clubbing in recent years; focus even slightly, and it's everywhere you listen. London has long been a post-colonial melting pot of sound, where ...


First Listen: Junior Boys, 'Big Black Coat'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When contemplating the long career of the Junior Boys, it's hard not to think about another synthesizer-driven techno-pop duo that made its debut at essentially the same time: The Postal Service. You can't put too fine a point on how far outside the pop, indie and dance markets the ...


Our Top Discoveries At globalFEST 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On Sunday, Jan. 17, globalFEST, one of America's premiere showcases of musical talent from around the world, once again took over the three stages at Manhattan's Webster Hall. The one-evening festival has few American rivals in the way it simultaneously expands and condenses musical perspectives. The performances here move naturally ...


Songs We Love: Emily Wells, 'Come To Me'

Monday, January 25, 2016

By 2012, Emily Wells had been practicing her songwriting and multi-instrumental talents for over a decade, mostly in DIY mode. But the album she released that year, Mama, was a step up, deftly taking advantage of her intimacy with country and roots song forms, while also showcasing her prodigious ...


Songs We Love: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'The Cross'

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Will Oldham covering Prince" once sounded like a weird and wonderful dream, but it's been a reality since shortly after the Louisville singer-songwriter recorded this version of the Sign O' The Times cornerstone for a radio session in the summer of 1994. A couple of indie-rock friends and ...


Son Little, Live In Concert

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Son Little is the embodiment of the truism that most overnight successes take years. Around Philadelphia, the singer/guitarist who goes by his given name Aaron Livingston has been a known entity at least since (his words) "mumbling/freestyling/singing the hook" on The Roots' "Guns Are Drawn," a dubwise track ...


Songs We Love: Tokyo Black Star, 'Mitokomon'

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Though he possesses an unquestioned pedigree in straight-ahead house and techno circles, Alex Prat (a.k.a. Alex From Tokyo, co-founder of Tokyo Black Star) is a musical nomad who looks to reveal his wandering spirit at every turn. That's the vibe at the heart of "Mitokomon," the globally curious ...


Songs We Love: Daniel Martin Moore, 'It's Christmas'

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Another Christmas season brings another set of fanned "War on Christmas" flames, be they in the form of redesigned Starbucks cups, heavy-handed rules from local educators (and right-wing pundits who exploit them), or weird House of Representatives resolutions. I would like to think that ...


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

For those paying attention in 2015, some of dance-music's traditionally safe spaces were disappearing almost as rapidly as the great records (or Bandcamp downloads) to play inside them were being released. I don't know what Future and Drake meant by "what a time to be alive." But it certainly felt ...


First Listen: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, 'It's A Holiday Soul Party'

Sunday, December 13, 2015

There should be Commandments-style prerequisites for recording an entire album of holiday songs, and chief among them is: "Thou shalt not simply pad the coffers of Saint Irving Berlin's estate, or build false idols based on the work of the mysterious songsmith, 'Traditional.' Instead, thou shalt write some ...


NPR Music's 10 Favorite Electronic Albums Of 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

As somebody who nit-picks the purpose of year-end lists, I have one basic question to ask here: What is an "electronic album?" (Do non-electronic albums even exist in the digitally saturated year of our Internet overlords, 2015?) As somebody writing an intro to such a list, it might not be ...


Songs We Love: Florist, 'White Light Doorway'

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

There is something about Emily Sprague's voice that both transcends twee indie-pop clichés even as it revels in them. The songs she writes for Florist — an Upstate New York quartet which recently decamped for the bright lights of Brooklyn, and is part of The Epoch collective alongside ...


Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From November

Monday, November 30, 2015

Our final monthly Recommended Dose mix of 2015 includes Afrobeat from Amsterdam, techno by a retired ballerina, disco by a soft-rock progeny, remixes by two American club masters, and vibey electro in the vein of Hieroglyphic Being.

We'll be back in December with a megamix of our favorite ...


First Listen: Tom Jones, 'Long Lost Suitcase'

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tom Jones bills his newest album as a companion to his autobiography, Over The Top And Back. And were you to judge the facts of his life based exclusively on the Ethan Johns-produced, American-style roots music that makes up Long Lost Suitcase, you'd be hard-pressed to discover that ...


Songs We Love: Baaba Maal, 'Fulani Rock'

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Fulani Rock," the opening track of Baaba Maal's newest album, The Traveller, is a conceptual declaration, one of those in-studio meetings of an African artist and European producer that can either go very wrong or very right. Thank goodness that here it's very much the latter. Guided by ...


Songs We Love: Circles Around The Sun, 'Kasey's Bones'

Friday, November 20, 2015

Few albums have the creation myth of Interludes For The Dead by Neal Casal's Circles Around The Sun. The 10 instrumental jams that encompass the release were commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann, the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, to accompany the biographical visuals he was compiling ...


Songs We Love: tindersticks, 'Hey Lucinda'

Monday, November 09, 2015

For me, it is impossible to separate tindersticks' music from the times in my life when we intersected, because we never quite lived together. That youthful moment of discovery when, despite the commercial juggernaut of grunge/Nirvana/Seattle and the nascent ascendance of what would turn into Britpop,