Houston-born, Berlin-based artist Lotic has been hovering around the shadowy underbelly of the experimental electronic production world for a few years now. In 2015 they released a couple of EPs, Heterocetera and Agitations, which comprised brooding and complex sounds, firmly placing them as one to watch - which was furthered by their being commissioned to produce two remixes for Björk. This is all prelude to Power, Lotic's debut album which will be coming out on Tri Angle on July 13th.

Lotic says that Power "originally started as an empowerment album... 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.”

All of that can be heard in the album's mission statement lead single 'Hunted'. Where previous Lotic releases have been almost entirely crunchy electronic textures, 'Hunted' is relatively pop, as it features whispered vocals at its core and something approaching a verse-chorus structure. Throughout 'Hunted' Lotic softly intones the powerful proclamation:

"brown skin, masculine frame
head's a target
actin' real feminine
make 'em vomit"

Despite it remaining in a whisper throughout, these words and their crisp delivery make 'Hunted' as intense as anything else Lotic has released. This is thanks to their potent production, making the whispers as sharp as their message. Around this central motif Lotic constructs crunching and churning beats, gnashing as viciously and fearlessly as the words they're bolstering. This makes 'Hunted' a hypnotic and invigorating track, proving that Lotic has more weapons in their arsenal than we thought - and they know how to use them to deadly effect. Listen below.

You can pre-order Lotic's Power ahead of its July 13th release from here.

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