Octavian tops BBC Sound of 2019 poll

South London-based rapper Octavian has won the BBC Sound of 2019 poll, taking the title from a 10-strong list that included King Princess, Grace Carter, Slowthai and Rosalía.

“That’s lit,” Octavian told the BBC on finding out he’d won. “I don’t even know how to feel right now… Mum, I made it!”

He added, “I try to make a new sound every day. It’s going to be a very loud year for me. Loads of music, loads of visuals, loads of albums.”

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ Benji B summed up the rapper’s appeal in a statement accompanying today’s news. “Octavian is not in any genre – he is absolutely in his own lane,” he said. “From the very first moment I heard his music I was hooked. The first couple of tunes he released into the world (‘Party Here’ and ‘Hands’) were some of the most futuristic, forward thinking, raw and inspiring tunes to come out of the UK in the last two years.”

Octavian, endorsed by Drake and signed to Black Butter, boasts almost 600,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and looks set to make 2019 his year.

Octavian’s released his debut mixtape Spaceman in September 2018. Watch ‘Move Faster’ from the mixtape below.

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