Label: Black Butter Records
Released: May 28

At the top of the year, Complex tipped Octavian for great things and he’s followed up on bundles of promise with energetic headline shows and impressive singles across 2018. On SPACEMAN, across fourteen short and emotive tracks, the South London MC jumps from spaced-out R&B to anthemic drill to bouncy club-stepper—and we’re only three tracks in at this point. Suffering in stature a little from the exclusion of “Party Here”, “Hands” and Mura Masa collab “Move Me”—to his credit, Octavian remains unwilling to define his sound in totality at this moment in his career. There are still a number of directions he could go off in from here and, in a few years, looking back at SPACEMAN, we’ll be able to pinpoint the hallmarks of a sound Octavian would tie his career to. At present though, we are none the wiser, but enjoying the journey all the same. —Tobi Oke