Welcome to the eleventh edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 7 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, Dublin, Glasgow, Norwich, London and Oxford.

New Music by Region #11 can be found here!

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  • Name: Victories at Sea – ‘Future Gold’
  • For Fans Of: M83 and New Order
  • Website: Official website
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

The surge of Future Gold, with it's motorik rhythm, epic synth layers and haunting vocals, into an anodyne and atmospheric three and a half minute debut single is the result of living on a diet of free-range sampler fiddling and cerebral noise-rock. Gigs with Three Trapped Tigers, Seekae and Neon Indian, an admirable work ethic and support from online music press hopefully marks the beginning of a great adventure in sound for this experimental and melodic trio.

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  • Name: Fear of Men – ‘Doldrums’
  • For Fans Of: Standard Fare, Teenage Fanclub
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Noel Pearce

Everyone else in Brighton already checked out this lot before they were October SOURCE mag cover-stars but better late than never I say. Emphasis on the better in this case, too. New track 'Doldrums' makes you feel lovely, loved even. Loved by a song? It's just a pretty, instantly-memorable slice of woozy indie-pop that feels effortlessly crafted and quite frankly, I'm terrified by how good this band could potentially grow.

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  • Name: Morning Claws – ‘Slack Magic’
  • For Fans Of: Architecture in Helsinki, Mates of State.
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

There is a point where pop music stops being a saccarine distraction and starts to deliver something more wholesome. Morning claws have found that point and gone far beyond it. Their latest single, slack magic, starts with a deceptively simple melody before layers of synths and vocal harmonies build and build to create something poignant and beautiful. Recent live performances suggest their next ep, to be released in December, will be another fine collection.

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  • Name: Alaskan Moustache – ‘Lungs’
  • For Fans Of: This Town Needs Guns, Tubelord.
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

Dundee based Alt-Rockers Alaskan Moustache are new to the scene having only formed in January 2011, but are already catching people's attention having secured support slots with Fatherson and the upcoming This Town Needs Guns tour. It's refreshing to hear a female vocalist in the Math genre, something that is surprisingly rare. With a raw sound of early TTNG recordings, Alaskan Moustache are certainly a hidden gem to their loyal cult followers.

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  • Name: Smile for the Camera – ‘What Are You Made Of?'
  • For Fans Of: Copy Haho, Los Campesinos!
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

They're an indie pop enigma. The new London via Lancashire group is painfully honest about the realities of everyday living. Some of their anecdotes are cute, some idealistic, and some just terribly sad - "Let's go to Wetherspoons like we always do", "I'd feel better knowing that the world can spin in peace", and "Dad, don't lie. You hate your wife." Regardless of desired reaction, each track is laced with pleasantly melodic pop hooks and equal amounts of irony and candor.

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  • Name: Hot Beat Repeat – ‘Ease It Up’
  • For Fans Of: Yeasayer, NewVillager
  • Website: Official Site
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

From The White Stripes to the Black Keys, The Kills to TweakBird, musical duos making dirty rackets has become quite a popular musical trend. Which is what makes Hot Beat Repeat such a rare and exciting proposition. because, while there are only two of them- a guitarist and a drummer, they use various looping and synthesizer gadgets to make a more expansive and soothing sound, with some tribal influences that call to mind early Yeasayer.

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  • Science and Magic: Science and Magic – ‘Life in the undergrowth’
  • For Fans Of: Hot Chip, Animal Collective.
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Electro, Lo-fi, 2 piece Science and Magic are a mix of Hot Chip style, 8 bit, bleeps and bloops and Animal Collective’esque choral, song-writing. Science and Magic are made up by Dominic Payne (Science) and Iain MacFarlane (Magic). Having only played a handful of shows in Norwich they’ve already achieved a cult status amongst other musicians. They have but one song up online at the moment but we’re hoping for a full release next year.

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  • Name: The Manacles of Acid – ‘Fermats Acid House Fearum’
  • For Fans Of: Add N To X Derrick May.
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

The Manacles of Acid describe themselves as "a symbiotic relationship between man and machine. Scared of laptops, we use all analogue hardware to relive the complexity and difficulties of performing electronic music in 1989." There's a pleasing warmth to TMOA's retro techno squelch, kinda like Add N To X being remixed by Derrick May. Live sets are a thrill to behold so check them out, pronto!