- Words Solly Warner
New kids on the block, A1 x J1, are riding the TikTok wave to the top with their breakout single “Latest Trends". They pick 10Trax that provide good vibes and energy.
Meeting on the Houseparty app in 2020 (remember that?), 15-year-old A1 from North West London (now based in Coventry) and 17-year-old J1 from Kent, started their rapping aspirations together remotely. “Latest Trends” originally launched just as a 15-second tease, going viral on TikTok, complete with a comment section begging for a full song release. Both A1 and J1 bring unique flows throughout the track. J1 with strong standout bars and A1 who brings in the catchy chorus.
Through thousands of videos using the snippet, the track was growing and growing. Continuing to ripple across media platforms the snippet has taken off, now sitting atop millions of views. With support from the likes of KSI, Deno, Darkoo, and JB Scofield, the full record from the young duo even brought a remix with one of the UK’s favourite rappers – Aitch -cementing the track as a certified summer banger. Unsurprisingly, it went on to hold the #2 spot on the charts for 2 weeks.
Aitch put a snippet of a verse idea on Tik Tok and Twitter before surprising A1 and J1 in the studio to make the remix happen. But this is not the only change on the track – A1 has also laid down a new verse for the remix, bouncing off of Aitch as they go back and forth.
Now, A1 x J1 have picked 10Trax that will instantly lift your mood and won’t get out of your head. Jump in!
"Location (feat. Burna Boy)" by Dave
"The reason for this one being on the list is because of the good vibes and energy it brings. It is definitely one to uplift a mood."
"Must Be" by J Hus
"The catchy melodies from J Hus alongside the live instrumentation in the production is just epic, vibes I can’t deny."
"6 For 6" by Central Cee
"In comparison to the drill songs in the scene right now, I like the unique flows that Central has brought with this track."
"Epidemic" by Polo G
"This track brings realness and vulnerability. We also get to know Polo a bit more. This is something I like to do through my music."
"No More Parties" by Coi Leray
"Personally this is my favourite song atm because I just love her soft angelic vocal and the mood of the song in general."
"Know You" by wewantwraiths
"The emotions that the track itself evokes, is powerful, it almost makes me understand the state of mind he was in when the song was written. He effortlessly flows on the beat of this reflective love song."
"21" by Polo G
"I have a thing for storytelling and I admire the way Polo G talks about his past experiences and depicts how his life has changed."
"WW2" by Unknown T
"I like the clarity of Unknown T on the record, mixed with the actual production I can’t help it but move whilst it plays."
"Hold" by Chunkz x Yung Filly
"This track is just a big vibe for me personally, I love it from the production to the cheeky lyricism, and it just makes me feel like I should be out in the sun."
"Be The One (feat. MORGAN, Digga D & TIKE)" by Rudimental
"I like the different flows, along with it’s relatable lyrics. The way the features approach the beat is very unique and catchy."