"Two ambitious Kiwis...Brockhampton’s favourite Kiwi rap duo" – i-D
"Equal parts nonchalant falsetto R&B, humid drum machine funk, and confident, clear-eyed punchlines, it’s an earworm sing-along with moody undertones." – DUMMY
"A rich cocktail that merges strong undertones of hip hop heavyweights with their youthful charm, topped with their 'give me everything you've got' attitude" – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
At only the age of 18 & 19 - Church & AP, comprised of Elijah Manu (Church), and Albert Purcell (AP), are New Zealand's hottest property right now.
The Auckland based duo today release their all encompassing new double-EP 'Cathedral / All Purpose'. Made up of 10 tracks, the first half represents 5 tracks penned by Church, and the second half, 5 tracks by AP.
With a co-signs coming in from the likes of Brockhampton already - they are also the two frontmen of newly formed Auckland based collective ‘YKK’.
Speaking on the collective approach to their music, the pair said: "Part of this project is also showcasing others within the scene. Our frequent collaborators and friends beyond just music. This project in particular feels like a collective effort from the people in the scene."
'Cathedral / All Purpose' stands as a line in the sand after a whirlwind 12 months for the duo. It follows a #1 on New Zealand's "Hot NZ Singles" chart, as well as taking the #1 position on the Shazam chart in New Zealand. They've had international acclaim across the board from the likes of i-D, VICE, The Line Of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy and more - as well as getting substantial airplay across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
Church & AP were never simply going to rest on their laurels, though. "We're obsessed with creating," they confess. "The minute we stop being obsessed with this, is the minute we take a “break” or go on hiatus or do whatever cool artist’s do. But we don’t see that happening right now."
Going into a little more detail on their plans for the project moving forward, and the YKK collective as a whole - Church & AP said: "It’s about taking who we are to the world. Creating an image that people can relate to. Not just in NZ but abroad. There’s a lot that we want to do, but I prefer to speak through action."
'Cathedral / All Purpose' is out now - released April 19th, 2019.