Tracks of the Week: Sprints, Eades, Banji, boylife & Cousin Kula

Sprints - Credit: Niamh Barry

Friday has rolled around again - thank christ for that. While digging through the countless "'insert name here' has unfollowed Jesy Nelson" tweets, we've managed to locate another five quality singles for your listening pleasure.

Sprints take the top spot with news of their new EP, due in 2022 via the infamous Nice Swan Records. They're joined by OGS faves Eades and Banji, as well as some big ol' tunes from boylife and Cousin Kula. Check 'em out below.

Sprints - 'A Modern Job'

Joining the force to be reckoned with that is the Irish rock scene, Sprints have unleashed news of a new EP with the mighty title track 'A Modern Job'. A snarling, ferocious number; it's a calling to pay attention to Karla Chubb and co - as there's undoubtedly a big breakthrough on the way.

"Modern Job is a critique of modern existence but also an exploration of growing up queer. In your formative years, you are bombarded with media, books, news that depict what a “normal” life should be. Grow up, fall in love, get married… long live the nuclear family." says Karla. "By contrast when you grow up queer all these ordinary things can seem extraordinary, out of reach and in some parts of the world, illegal. It leaves you feeling lost, excluded and confused. I wanted Modern Job to capture those feelings; chaotic energy, loneliness and longing of normality while trying to find acceptance within yourself."

Eades - 'Reno'

If there's one thing 2021 has taught us, it's that Leeds outfit Eades simply do not miss. The ever evolving outfit have dropped another punk-infused slice of gritty garage rock in the form of 'Reno' and it's a bit bloody brilliant.

The track tells a situational story of someone who has snapped at the unforgiving nature of the rat-race, and goes out to deliberately commit arson in an attempt to ‘save’ the people around him from monotony and apathy.Told from three perspectives: witnesses to the event, the perpetrator, and a beer-soaked faux-intellectual attempting to comment on the state of affairs in a way that sounds much more profound than it really is, as lyricist Tom O’Reilly describes: “He’s a coked up pub philosopher who’s watched one Chomsky interview, and decides that he understands the arsonist, and has to preach to those nearby about how we’re all ‘slaves to the system, maaaan'"

Banji - 'Chills'

Off on the road for a UK tour, Dutch outfit Banji's addictively upbeat energy has spilled out once again in the form of 'Chills'. As we've come to expect from the four-piece, it's a bold and bright indie-pop number laced with fuzz, fun and euphoric energy.

"Chills is about being in a rut." tells Banji's Morris Brandt. "That feeling of how everything around you goes too fast to keep up with. It's something everybody struggles with now and then, looking for grip. But when you can't find that, you tend to give up and it feels like you're stuck. Sometimes I get really tied up with myself, and it feels like my brain can't really process what I'm trying to deal with. Being okay with that, acknowledging it, and taking a step back has helped me a lot.”

boylife - 'superpretty'

LA's boylife has dropped one hell of an album in the form of debut 'gelato', and with it comes the new video for 'superpretty'. A searing and enticing view into the artist's fearless world of experimentation, 'superpretty' demands attention from the off, and rightfully so.

Speaking about the album 'gelato', boylife says: “‘gelato’ is a self portrait. I made it across four years without really planning to make an album. I like that gelato melts and you have to enjoy it while it still holds a shape. I tried to catch the moments at the center of each song the same way, gentle but knowing it's only here for a little bit."

Cousin Kula - 'Now That You're Gone'

Bristolians Cousin Kula welcome us into a world of blissed out tranquility with 'Now That You're Gone', which arrives with the announcement of their debut album 'Double Dinners' - set to arrive via Rhythm Section on 29th November.

Of the track, keys player Will Wells says: "This one started life deep into lockdown. I would set keyboards up outside Elliot’s bedroom window so we could still play together without me coming in the house. I guess the tune’s simplicity is, in some way, a reflection of the slower pace of life we’d gotten used to."