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/ lotik / – adjective: Of, relating to, or living in moving water.

23 year-old J’Kerian Morgan aka Lotic was born and raised in Houston, Texas – a city perhaps best-known in music terms for its homegrown hiphop, including the likes of Rap-a-Lot Records, Geto Boys, UGK, and DJ Srew. A mere five hour drive from New Orleans, young J’Kerian also had ready access to that town’s output of bounce and Cash Money Records, taking this upbringing with him to the University of Texas at Austin to study electronic music composition. Quickly falling in with Austin’s Ben Aqua and his #FEELINGS crew, J’Kerian undertook the art of DJing while also crafting her own sample-based, wilfully eclectic, dancefloor futurism. #FEELINGS would be this home for her first release as Lotic, More Than Friends EP (2011) – which was later described by respected music writer Adam Harper as undoubtedly “the label’s strongest offering” with “startling imagination” in an essay about Texas’ dance music underground for DUMMY. Seemingly off to a flying start, Lotic’s 2012 overseas move to Berlin meant finding a new context and also heralded a new label. Her second release for Sci Fi & Fantasy, Fallout EP, was released in October of the same year to significantly wider acclaim. Lotic’s waters move very fast, indeed – try to keep up!

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