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If you haven’t heard of Octavian, then you should probably hold your head down in shame and rock yourself to sleep at night as you’ve missed the start of something special coming out of the UK.
With UK grime on the inevitable rise (and it’s about damn time), we are being introduced to more variations of this genre, and no one can deny that this French Born, British raised artist who goes by the name Octavian (not to be confused for the Roman solider Octavius who defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium) isn’t in his own lane.
Keeping his Essie Gang close to all production and remaining true to combining grime, R&B, dancehall and more in his infectious sound, his flow is unmistakable and undeniable different from our current kings of the grime scene and about to spread his magic on a six date UK tour to promote his highly anticipated album Spaceman.
And if you’re still not convinced, he’s been hotly tipped by the man of the moment Drake, so that should at least get you to take notice.
So, if you haven’t had the pleasure, here are 5 tracks that you should get to know.
The first track that gave this grime artist high recognition, with that underwater beat we usually associate with producers such as 40 and Pharrell, this partially auto-tuned, garage inspired track introduces us to the start of the Essie Gang style.
Following Party Here, this clever music video features Sam Wise on a verse, with his Octavian’s sophomore single bringing us his infectious vocals over a hip hop beat that keeps us bubbling.
Yet again, another garage influenced track that sees Octavian repeating various lines over the 2 finger pose beat that keeps this artist in his own unique lane.
A Mura Masa produced track, jumping in early on Octavian’s rise to lay down some auto-tuned vocals to a definite summer banger.
100 degrees‘ dark undertone beats showcase Octavian’s lyrical ability, something not to be trifled with.
Octavian’s sold out tour kicks off on the 26 September, and runs on the following dates:
26 September 2018 – Yes, Manchester
27 September 2018 – Electric Ballroom, London
28 September 2018 – Patterns, Brighton
1 October 2018 – Thekla, Bristol
2 October 2018 – Mama Roux, Birmingham
3 October 2018 – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Keep an eye on Ticketmaster.co.uk to know when Octavian will return.