Piotr Orlov

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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,


Recommended Dose: October's Best Dance Tracks

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

It took a little while to shake-off the sugar crash of Halloween, but we're finally ready to present our October edition of Recommended Dose. This month features Balearic house from Australia, eerie techno from a fashion-minded Russian, Colombian club workouts from Northern England, Detroit-infused funk from London, hard-hitting bass from ...


Track By Track: Agoria Explains 'Independence'

Friday, October 30, 2015

There's a reason why Sébastien Devaud (a.k.a Agoria) has remained among French techno's brightest and longest-burning lights: When Devaud finds himself at a creative crossroads, he chooses to do "something different, always challenging myself to try to make other beats, other sounds." It may be a cliché, but it's ...


Songs We Love: Auntie Flo Feat. Poppy Ackroyd & Richard Thair, 'For Mihaly'

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"For Mihaly," the final song on Auntie Flo's second album Theory Of Flo, is a wonderfully (and somewhat unexpectedly) plaintive last piece for a collection dominated by euphoric, globally minded dance music. With Poppy Ackroyd's violin supplying the song's melancholy central tenet, it's like a Yiddish ...


First Listen: Floating Points, 'Elaenia'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Since making his debut in 2009, Floating Points' Sam Shepherd has been an oddball in England's dance-music scene. Though the first in his steady stream of singles came out during the U.K.'s fruitful period immediately following the rise of dubstep, it was instantly clear that Floating Points didn't fit the ...


Songs We Love: Kode9, 'Vacuum Packed'

Friday, October 23, 2015

The elements at the heart of "Vacuum Packed" betray the knowing schizophrenia of Kode9's current sound. A standout track on Nothing, the first album that Kode9 (born: Steve Goodman) has produced since the 2014 death of his vocalist/collaborator The Spaceape (Stephen Samuel Gordon), "Vacuum Packed" is overstuffed with ideas ...


First Listen: Dexter Story, 'Wondem'

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Finding an acceptable line between influence and appropriation has dogged musicians for generations, and Dexter Story addresses the issue in surprising and joyous ways on Wondem, his second album as a bandleader.

A 50-year-old multi-instrumentalist born and bred in L.A., Story has created a song cycle under the spell of ...