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Lotic Announces New EP “Sparkling Water” due July 1st via Houndstooth & Shares First Track “Always You (Sparkling)”

June 8, 2022
Sparkling Water EP artwork


Announces new EP ‘Sparkling Water’ due July 1st via Houndstooth
Shares first track “Always You (Sparkling)”
European tour dates announced 

Lotic has announced a new EP ‘Sparkling Water‘, which is set for release July 1st via Houndstooth and features reworks of tracks from her recent album ‘Water‘, which came out last year. The new EP features original brass compositions and was recorded at live at JRS in Berlin. The first track from the record Always You (Sparkling) is streaming online now. 

What a truly powerful composition. The build-up from the intensity of the brass instruments fuses with the commanding vocal harmonies that explore such expressive range throughout the composition. It’s a stripped-back ensemble yet evokes such a range of emotion from each attribute uniting for this volatile journey.

J’Kerian Morgan, the artist known as Lotic, has lived a decade bookended by chapters in Texas, USA and Berlin, Germany, saw Lotic navigate personal hardship and upheaval while garnering acclaim for an expansive production style; unpredictably nestling searing knife’s-edge sound design next to pop music hooks, hypnotic vocal reverie and the lineage of Black club cultures.

From studying film and electronic music at the University of Texas at Austin, she released her darkly complex debut EP More Than Friends, in 2011. Upon her move to Berlin in 2012, Lotic’s freewheeling sound aesthetic quickly cut a swath through the city’s nightlife with resident DJ sets at Berghain and Chesters nightclubs. A series of well-received mixtapes followed and she soon attracted the attention of avant-garde iconoclast Björk, who stated, “Lotic is one of the fiercest performer DJs I have ever heard.” This led to collaborative work on remixes for the Icelandic artists’s Vulnicura album and an invitation to open her 2015 Berlin concert.

Lotic’s debut album Power, released in 2018, transformed feelings of fear and vulnerability into a consolidation of personal agency and strength. The record was praised for its polished production style and its narrative reflections on race, sexuality, and gender. The follow up to this was Lotic’s latest release Water, the bewitchingly intimate 2021 album for Houndstooth, which was a stunning revelation; a tender meditation on love’s losses and lifeforce, timelines, bloodlines and resilience.Tracks from Water have been transformed with arrangements by Hilary Jeffery for Lotic’s new EP  ‘Sparkling Water’. The record also features Orlando de Boeykens (tuba), Baron Arnold (trombone), Kelly O’Donohue (trumpet/trombone) and was mastered by recording engineer was Jose Torelli. Recorded in sections, the EP was intentionally left sparse to contrast with the high production value of the album, and highlight the brass and composition. 

Sparkling Water EP tracklist:
1. Come Unto Me (Sparkling)  
2. Emergency (Sparkling)
3.  Always You (Sparkling) 
4. Diamond (Sparkling)

See Lotic live:
11.06.22  – NL, The Hague • Rewire x Korzo @Korzo Theater (Live w/ horns)
08.07.22 – FR, Paris • Flash Cocotte@ Trabendo (DJ)
15.07.22 – BE, Brussels • Recyclart (DJ)
30.07.22 – UK, London • Body Movements (DJ)
12.08.22 – DE, Hamburg • Internationalales Sommerfestival @ Kampnagel (Live w/ horns)
25.08.22 – DE, Berlin • Pop-Kultur @ Maschinenhaus (Live w/ horns)
27.08.22 – DK, Aarhus  • Alter Festival (Live w/ horns)
29.09.22 – IT, Bologna • Cassero (Live Solo)
30.09.22 – NO, Bergen • Bergen Kunsthall (Live Solo)
21.10.22  – ES, Madrid • She Makes Noise Festival (Live w/ Emmanuel Biard)
27.11.22 UK, London • Lotic presents Water @ Barbican, Milton Court

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