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Review: Octavian ‘Endorphins’ EP

The rise has been a quick and impressive one with a number of singles and his debut EP, Spaceman, which was released in 2018. This year started even better with the 23 year old being named BBC's Music's Sound of 2019...

It was only three years ago that the UK rapper, Octavian, was a fairly unknown name in the British music scene….

Born in France and then moving over to London at a young age. Octavian was made homeless at the age of 14, after he left his Mother’s house. A few years later, he ended up at BRIT School but then dropped out. It was in 2017 that Octavain gained his breakthrough with the release of “Party Over Here”.

The rise has been a quick and impressive one with a number of singles and his debut EP, Spaceman, which was released in 2018. This year started even better with the 23 year old being named BBC’s Music’s Sound of 2019.

His latest release is the EP, Endorphins which was released last week. The EP is a 12 track project that includes features from artists such as Skepta and ASAP Ferg.

Octavian and Skepta in the music video for “Bet”

The EP is a mix of Rap/Hip-Hop, Trap and R&B with Octavian’s own UK twist. The rapper has one of these distinctive raspy voices that cuts through the beats. It is clear that Octavian has gained huge influence from America and this is also clear with the features. Tracks such as “Feel It” that features Theophilus London and “Lit” featuring ASAP Ferg has a distinctive American vibe to it. Influences from Skepta are very clear on the track “Take It Easy” featuring Smokepurrp.

The tracks all flow together well and Octavian although there is influences, as stated before, Octavian is clearly making his own version and creating his own sound. The EP does not sound ‘samey’ and has a perfect mix of Rap/Trap beats and R&B. Tracks such as “World” and “No Weakness” allow Octavian to bless us with an Alternative R&B/Trap beat and vibe that allows his raspy vocals to prosper. This is also clear on previously mentioned track, “Feel It”.

“Walking Alone” features Octavian’s producer J Rick, UK singer Jessie Ware and is covered by UK Garage and House producer SBTRKT is an example of what makes Octavian different and shows he is creating his own wave. Again, the distinctive gravelly vocals are mixed with a strong bass guitar that actually creates more of a Rock sounding track than a Rap/Trap one.

Octavian is a key example of how the UK scene has evolved and developed into what it is now. The Rap/Trap with a UK mix is prominent amongst the likes of AJ Tracey and Skepta. On that note, it is fairly surprising that Octavian and AJ have not already got some work coming up as both these artists would compliment eachother on a track.

A strong second EP with a great mix of genres, vocals, features and sounds that creates a very easy listen…

4/5 STARS

Listen to Endorphins on Spotify below:

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