Lotic is DJ and producer J’Kerian Morgan. Raised in Houston, Texas and now operating out of Berlin, Morgan is a resident at the city’s famed Janus parties and in recent years has evolved into one of the most original voices of Berlin's club life.
The 26-year-old released two EPs in 2013 – Sankofa / Glittering, and Fallout – both on Sci Fi & Fantasy, before following up with 2014's Damsel in Distress mixtape on Janus's own imprint.
Having featured on Björk’s recent sit-in for Rinse FM alongside a flurry of press attention, the stereotype-baiting producer’s first official outing, 2015’s Heterocetera EP on Tri Angle, is undeniably worthy of the hype. His Berlin-via-Houston sound is an apocalyptic mix of haunting synth melodies, destructive beats, and skewed experimental electronica. The continuation and further development of which could also be found on Agitations, a mixtape released on Janus the same year as Heterocetera.
2016 saw Lotic touring extensively including performances at several high profile festivals as well as club debuts in Asia and Australia harnessing abstract leanings through hybrid live/DJ sets of gut wrenching bass and lurching hip hop rhythms, occasional shards of contemporary R&B splintered with tactile hi-hats, consistently swirling crowds into an unabashed party vortex.
"Sirens, reminiscent of the Bomb Squad's productions for Public Enemy, rip through the night air, warning of danger. Glass breaks: Someone is trying to pull the alarm...The message is clear: We are on the march, and you mess with us at your own peril."
→ Pitchfork names "Formation (Election Anxiety / America Is Over Edit)" Best New Track
"His masterful way with configured elements provides the illusion of a story without dictating the narrative: Here, you decipher the tones and rhythms, and conjure your own ideas of good and evil."
→ Pitchfork on Heterocetera 8.0/10
"Over its 20 minutes, the EP pushes dance music through violent twists and turns until it becomes disorienting and startling."
→ Resident Advisor on Heterocetera 4.2/5