South East London artist is starting to gain global recognition after an impressive 2018
Cai Trefor
20:07 7th February 2019

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Diplo and the South East London artist who won the Sound of 2019 competition Octavian have teamed up for new single ‘New Shapes’. Listen to it on Gigwise below.

The atmospheric slow-jam is the second taste of Diplo’s forthcoming Europa EP (out 22 February) – and follows the trap pop single featuring French rapper Niska, released two weeks ago.

Of the Octavian collaboration, Diplo posted a comment on his YouTube channel describing that he met Octavian in at a party in London, was told he was going to be huge, initially put the thoughts of collaboration on the back burner, but when he kept hearing his name crop up was keen to pin him down. 

Diplo soon invited Octavian to his studio in LA (Octavian was in LA anyway) to make a track. Young producer Jim-E stack was involved in the production, too, and together they crafted this brilliant new cut below:

Octavian broke through with single ‘Party Here’ in 2017, and followed that up singles ‘100 Degrees (ft. Sam Wise)’ and ‘Hands’ and ‘Little’ before the Mura Masa collaboration ‘Move Me’. By September last year, Octavian released a 14-track mixtape – out via Black Butter – that channelled his love of rap, house, drill, teenage raving, Bon Iver, James Blake, and unconventional structures.

The same label also facilitated the release of an Octavian collaboration with DJ/producer duo Take A Daytrip. Titled ‘Stressed’, it came out last month.

It's a remarkable work rate from the newcomer, who was born in France before moving to South East London. Landing on Diplo's EP is a brilliant move forward, too. The Europa EP is a fascinating project with some diverse sonics, some of which play a nostalgic place in Diplo's heart. 

Of the EP, the press release states the following: [Europa] is "a massive love letter to the continent where he cut his teeth in the early days – from playing Notting Hill Carnival through to his early sets at Fabric – before breaking into the stratosphere as one of the biggest producers and musicians on the planet."

Elsewhere, Diplo has penned a deal for his label Mad Decent’s publishing arm with Big Deal Music Publishing, reports Music Business Worldwide. The two companies will merge thus creating a more globally impacting roster than is already happening. Made Decent’s recent success include Poppy.

“We’re always looking for partners who have a history of taking chances artistically and making them count and Mad Decent is known for just that,” said Jamie Cerreta, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Big Deal.

Diplo will play special set at Night Tales in Hackney on 20 Febraury - and the set will feature some very special guests.

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