French-British rapper Octavian (aka Oliver Godji) has slowly come up through the music industry building a loyal and expanding following with every release.
He first came to our attention with the rave anthem Party Here – also one of our tracks of Summer 2018
Now signed to Black Butter / Sony ATV records (also home to J Hus and DJ Khaled) Spaceman is his latest release coming at the perfect time where artists cross over from being a favourite on tastemakers and culture blogs playlists to the wider urban audience.
His distinctive rap/singing voice and the alternative sound of his tracks have seen him win a legion of new fans including the all important “Drake co-sign” which he allegedly declined.
Spaceman the album is a statement of a man who is solidly doing his own thing. Seamlessly blending trap, drill and other esoteric sounds over 16 tracks you gain an understanding of who he is. He explores the struggles of growing up in a rough area yet being a high high fashion doyenne modelling Virgil Ablohs Offwhite Label and Stone Island.
Tracks that stand out include Sleep, Break That (featuring Suspect), and 54321 with Section Boyz Member Swift – however the whole mixtape is a solid listen from beginning to end with the subject matter remaining gritty and releatable to listeners close to the streets while remaining accessible to mainstream listeners who may be listening to UK Rap music for the first time.
If there is any example of how far UK Rap has evolved to form its own unique sounds and style then this album is definitely it.
The album is available on all the major streaming platforms so give it a listen today. You won’t be disappointed
Oh and if you are in Manchester this week he is performing live and tickets are still available