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New Music By Region #2

New Music By Region #2

by Hector Barley (Google+), 28 June 2011

Welcome to the second edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 9 major cities and regions from across the UK. With the help of regional correspondents, we plan to present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Norwich, Manchester and Oxford.

New Music by Region #1 can be found here!

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  • Name: Chris Tye - 'All There'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Simon Goff

One of Birmingham's finest singer songwriters is Chris Tye. Having played every venue Birmingham has to offer, he has built a well deserved devoted following. The intoxicating vocal melodies he delivers are exquisite and perfect for listening on that sunny afternoon we all long for so much. With a new recording planned for later this year, he's definitely worth a watch. Definitely for fans of Fionn Regan and Damian Rice's, O.

Brighton tiny dragons
  • Name: Tiny Dragons – ‘1644'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Gary Scattergood

Genre-hopping Sussex three-piece Tiny Dragons released their debut EP You Need To Relax in May. They throw in dashes of soul and hint of funk amid tight rhythms and top it all off with singer Lizzie Massey’s sultry vocals. They are regulars on the Brighton gig scene and are branching out to London with a show at the Queen’s Head, Brixton on July 15

Cardiff Yaje
  • Name: Yajé – ‘Look for Skull’
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Jake May

True believers in the scrappy and the lo-fi, two-piece Yajé make a noisy racket that’s even pretty unknown even in their home city of Cardiff (and the only reason I know about them is because I’m served by one of the members in Co-Op). DIY in its truest sense, and filled with as much seemingly random noise as it is actual instrumental melody, these are some pretty exciting antisocial and scruffy sounds. Be sure to check out their Daniel Johnston cover, also.

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  • Name: Ben Butler And Mousepad - 'Super Motion'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

Ben Butler And Mousepad is Glasgow based Joe Howe's latest project. His better known musical endeavours Germlin and Gay Against You provide for the niche genre of glitch 8-bit, but BB&MP shows Howe taking a step back from a more aggressive and extreme angle to a more chillwave inspired approach and lets his groove shine through with his EP release Infinite Capacity. Howe's video game sound has attracted the attention of an array of BBC DJs and several bands including Deerhoof, who BB&MP supported on their US tour.

Leeds Eagulls
  • Name: Eagulls - 'Terms and Conditions'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Liam Haynes

Eagulls have been kicking around since about this time last year, emerging from Leeds’ rain-sullen skies to support Jamie T on parts of his UK tour. Their debut EP, the now sold out cassette-only Songs Of Prey, delivered their first salvo of material – featuring my personal favorite track ‘Terms and Conditions’. They’ve got a totally killer vocal delivery, described by Abeano as “one of the most original vocals we’ve heard in ages”, brutal waves of sound, teenage angst, and they look cool as fuck to boot. With a release just out on Moshi Moshi imprint Not Even, they’re pretty much set to grab us all by the collective balls.

London Delta
  • Name: Delta/Alaska - 'DLOI'
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

With only the smallest catalogue of tracks to their name and minimal presence on the web, the enigmatic young North London group Delta/Alaska is hardly making it easy for would-be fans to learn anything about them. D/A first caught my attention last summer with a surprisingly fantastic debut track, “Cold War”. They seem to be keeping good company as well, as their newest track “D.L.O.I” appeared both on the Record Store Day 7” from new superlabel Pink Mist and the BSM 5-a-side charity compilation.

Manchester klaus
  • Name: Klaus Kinski - 'Skelington Horse'
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Chris McDonald

Gwlad, gwlad, plaidiol wyf i'm gwlad. Klaus Kinski lyrics? Nope – try the Welsh national anthem. I am true to my land. KK originally hail from a smattering of coastal towns and villages in north Wales and are now based in Manchester. Their debut album Skelington Horse (Ankst Records) is very much true to its land. Arab On Radar-style atonal guitar stabs punctuate oddball stories about murderers and witch burnings. True to its land, did I say? Pay a visit, and then see Klaus Kinski live.

Norwich Lucy Day

  • Name: Lucy Day - 'Listen Out'
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Norwich troubadour Lucy Day has been a regular staple in Norwich's female folk singer/songwriter scene for quite some time. However, now adding Cajon, Violin, and Piano her sound has really come into it's own. Having recently released a mini album of 10 tracks in May, Lucy has really established herself as a folk force to be reckoned with.

Oxford needlebath
  • Name: Needle Bath - 'Wevs'
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Oxfordian purveyor of electro weirdness and uber talented graphic designer Bat Halliday has posted a series of engagingly bizarre tracks on his soundcloud under the moniker of Needle Bath. From the glitch beat shuffle of 'Wevs' to the analogue squelch and heavy bass of 'Yo! What's Yo?' Needle Bath is a joy to behold... There's a dark comedic melodicism to his pieces, calling to mind 70's eastern bloc kids TV shows. I'm hoping he finds a way to perform in a suitably atmospheric manner soon....

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