Auckland teenage hip-hop powerhouses Church & AP have already made an impression with their breakthrough single ‘Ready or Not’ hitting the three million mark on streaming services, as well as getting massive radio airplay, and selling out their summer tour. Just days before they head to London for their first international headline show, the rising stars of New Zealand hip hop share ‘Dandelion’.
The first track from a brand new body of work that's in the process of being recorded at Red Bull's Auckland Studio, ‘Dandelion’ demonstrates the duo’s versatility and development as artists, and sends a message that fans can expect something new when their debut album drops later this year.
The sound is unlike anything we’ve ever put out to the world - this is the start of something different.
‘Dandelion’ is out today on streaming services via Kartel Music Group.
Written and performed by Church and AP (Elijah Manu, Albert Purcell)
Produced by Dera Mohammed
Guest feature by Lincoln Green
Recorded at Red Bull Music Studios Auckland
Elijah Manu (Church), and Albert Purcell (AP) met on their first day of high school in 2013 over a shared appreciation for Chance the Rapper. They started creating music together and individually, Church was handpicked by David Dallas for Red Bull 64 Bars, spent all the time they could soaking up the local hip hop scene, and then started releasing music on the internet and playing sell-out gigs. The industry and hip hop fans took notice.
Last summer they released their first official single ‘Ready or Not’ which went straight into the New Zealand singles charts, spent two months on Mai FM’s A rotation playlist, was playlisted across Spotify and Apple and made the New Music Friday cover for Spotify Australia and New Zealand. The track hit #1 on Shazam as people tried to work out who was making this brilliant new music that has garnered more than three million streams.
The love isn’t just from New Zealand, Church and AP have received international support from radio tastemakers BBC Radio 1 & 1XTRA including Annie Mac, DJ Target & Jam Supernova and music media including i-D, VICE, The Line Of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy.
Now, six years on from that first meeting at 18 & 19 respectively, Church & AP are poised to become New Zealand’s latest hip hop heavyweights with their collective YKK. Their debut album is on the horizon, recorded at Red Bull Music Studios Auckland, with the first track ‘Dandelion’ a statement that they’re working hard to take their music to the world - and they know they’re on the right track because “the kids all singing our fancy rhymes”.