One To Watch: Paul Stephan

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With a growth like never before and releases every single month, Grime in 2016 will undoubtedly go down in the history of the genre. One artist whose looking to be a part of Grime’s extensive timeline is Thamesmead’s MC Paul Stephan. Relatively fresh to the scene, Paul first appeared on popular music outlet SBTV with the visuals for ‘Asta La Vista‘ his debut single. The visuals, although locally based, featured intriguing camera angles and colourful outfit choices. Lyrically, Paul delivers, and has a distinctive tone to match. The track itself dabbles in self-motivation alongside a reclaiming of individualism.

Paul wasn’t finished there and in September last year dropped his freshman release The Ernie Davis Project. The set cemented the MC’s talents and also highlighted a strong sense of creativity for a Grime act. The production choices were varied and unconventionally were kept at a volume which allowed them to take a backseat unlike a lot of Grime’s most championed hits.

More recently the South London act has returned with another track/visual titled ‘Spin Man Off‘. The track steers closer to home in terms of Grime conventions. Similar violin production and bass heavy sound-waves litter the track, giving it a homegrown feel. In places Paul sounds reminiscent of Sway, however, his lyrics are less punch-line heavy and more focused, relaxed yet matter of fact.

Paul highlights a 90’s flair in styling and vibe, but brings strong production choice and visuals to add competition to the Grime arena. With Grime constantly sprouting new artists Paul Stephan has all the components to shine. Consistency is key and thus far he continues to show the scene that. It’ll be intriguing to see the game-plan from here on out, but one things for sure Paul Stephan is one to watch!

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