Saturday 31 August 2019, 7.30pm
“Armand Hammer’s Parrafin is a disorienting rap masterpiece.” – Stereogum
ARMAND HAMMER (pronounced Arm & Hammer) is a New York based duo, consisting of MC/producer ELUCID and enigmatic rapper billy woods, who explore the limits of experimental, abstract and fwd-thinking hip-hop.
The duo’s debut, Race Music, was released in 2013, garnering immediate and widespread praise. That album was quickly followed with an EP, Furtive Movements, in 2014, which brilliantly elaborated upon the duo’s sound and mission. Despite burgeoning solo careers, both artists continued to collaborate over the following years by making appearances on each other’s work and performing together; but fans would have to wait four years for a new full-length: Rome. Released in November of 2017, Rome was met with effusive praise from both fans and critics alike. The duo doubled down, in 2018, with their next album: Paraffin. Like opposite sides of a coin, the two albums are connected, yet radically different in their design.
Rome and Paraffin have, since their release, given rise to a wave of critical acclaim that has cemented ELUCID and woods's place as two of the most vital voices in the genre, and in music, today.
“…both woods and Elucid find themselves with few peers in rap today, each in the midst of a five-plus year hot streak that shows no signs of cooling down” – Pitchfork
“Essentially pages ripped from the memoir of societies bleakest moments, told in the most abrasive way possible.” Sputnik Music, review of Race Music