French / British rapper, Octavian, has been honoured in the shortlist for the BBC’s prestigious Sound Of 2019 award. Now in its 17th year, the list showcases 2019’s hottest new artists. Previous winners have gone on to very big things indeed, with alumni including Adele, Sam Smith, Years & Years and Sigrid.
This year has seen solo acts get the most love, with only one band making it into the top 10. The shortlist is voted for by 136 critics, broadcasters and DJs including former nominees, Ellie Goulding and Stormzy.
You can read what the BBC had to say about Octavian below, and check out the full list here.
“Also among the nominees is France-born, London-based rapper Octavian, whose minimal, spacious mixtapes have marked him out as one of the UK’s most intriguing talents.
His breakout song Party Here even earned a co-sign from Drake – although the 22-year-old was quick to assert his independence. “It proves that it’s all possible, but I don’t want anything more from him,” he told Pitchfork earlier this year.”