Towards the end of 2017, French-born, south east London-raised rapper Octavian announced himself to the wider world with the release of his first official single, ‘Party Here’. Showcasing Octavian’s distinctive flow and featuring production and an accompanying video from within his close-knit Essie Gang crew, it was a near-perfect introduction to a vital new voice in underground UK music. “You’re gonna blow, it’s just timing” was a key self-fulfilling lyric on the track, marking a moment when Octavian made the transition from intriguing new name on the scene to becoming one of the most talked-about artists around.