Lotic was born in Houston and studied electronic music composition and saxophone at university. They moved to Berlin in 2012, where they helped form the Janus club collective. In 2015, they were commissioned to create two remixes for Björk’s Vulnicura, and were subsequently invited to be the opening act at her live show in Berlin.
We're told that those familiar with Lotic’s two 2015 EPs—Heterocetera (Tri Angle) and Agitations (Janus)—will trace a "warm-blooded" evolution: "Power retains the Berlin musician’s inquisitive intensity while mining the depths of nuance like never before," the label explains.
The album is grounded in Lotic’s love of Texan marching bands: “Beats and drumming are so integral to black culture,” they explain—and was in part inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between The World And Me." It is described as "an expansive exploration of the many ways in which power can be expressed and experienced."
“It originally started as an empowerment album,” Lotic says. “I felt that I needed to offer something outside of myself, as sort of a healing moment. And then I lost my apartment. Mentally, I could only work on music once every three months or something. The question of what would be empowering—the answer to that changed so often over a two-year period. I had to figure out who I was all over again. With this record, I went back and incorporated all of my musical selves.”
As well as being available digitally, Power will be released on limited edition vinyl, housed in a die-cut sleeve designed by Marwan Kaabour, and will feature a vinyl-only exclusive track called “Burn A Print.”
The album artwork was shot by director and photographer Matt Lambert, styled by Rich Aybar and features Lotic wearing clothes designed by Iris Van Herpen.
01. Love and Light
04. Distribution of Care
05. The Warp and the Weft
Vinyl-only bonus track: Burn A Print.
Power LP will land on July 13 via Tri Angle Records, with "Hunted" streaming in full below.