Church & AP are undoubtedly one of the most exciting acts to emerge in Aotearoa’s rich and vibrant music scene. They took the industry by storm with the single ‘Ready or Not’ which continues to do damage on streaming platforms and radio, making its way from heavy rotate on NZ’s biggest hip-hop and R’n’B station Mai FM to the UK’s famed BBC Radio 1xtra via tastemaking radio presenter and DJ Jamz Supernova. The meteoric success of ‘Ready or Not’ follows the May release of Church & AP’s debut EP THOROUGH BREAD, which tastemaker blog Sniffers describes as “an authentically Auckland observation of young Kiwi culture” and “right on the money”.
The pair came together as a duo through taking part in local community hall music programmes in Auckland’s Mt Roskill and Te Atatu, under the watchful eye of fellow Kiwi hip-hop artists such as Melodownz and Tom Scott and local producer Iron Will. From there, the duo’s distinctive and self-assured blend of southern/UK rap fused with grime has done all the talking, with songs such as their social media hit ‘Introvert’ winning over fans from the ground up. Church’s video performance on David Dallas’ famed Red Bull’s 64 Bar Series; coupled with their killer set at The Others Way festival, Northern Bass as well opening slots for Saba and Genesis Owusu only served to build the hype. Their debut headline show in Auckland - with 400 tickets sold. And Church & AP haven’t failed to deliver. They’ve actualized the hype and smashed it out of the park. Church & AP are Church (Elijah Manu) and AP (Albert Purcell)