Welcome to the seventeenth 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 (and Ireland). With the help of regional correspondents, we plan to present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Liverpool, London, Norwich and Oxford.

New Music by Region #16 can be found here!

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  • Name: Free School – ‘Unravelling After The Lottery’
  • For Fans Of: Caribou and Dan Deacon
  • Website: Official site
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

The masked duo have just dropped a second EP, Unravelling After The Lottery / I'm Not Nintendo, via Tirk Records (home to Greg Wilson, The Bees) so now would be as good a time as any to check out their Cluster-meets-Fuck Buttons layered soundscapes. Live, they are incredible - evocative of LCD at their stroke-inducing best and on record, they channel Gold Panda and Tangerine Dream, smashing future disco into krautrock, house and electro. Bloody great, go hear for yourself.

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  • Name: Truckers Of Husk – ‘Dear Malcolm Sullivan I Hope You're Alive?’
  • For Fans Of: Foals, Battles
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Since Truckers Of Husk’s debut performance took place way back in 2006, it may seem odd to write about them in a ‘New Music’ column. But chances are you’ve not come across them, and they deserve the exposure. Last year saw the release of their long-awaited debut LP Accelerated Learning on the venerated Cardiff label Shape Records, and it is a math-rock treat – full of melodious guitars, saxophone, driving drums and, especially in the case of ‘Malcolm Sullivan’, some incredible songwriting.

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  • Name: Hello Moon – ‘What's The Use of Falling in Love?’
  • For Fans Of: Felt, The Apples in Stereo.
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

Hello moon are another Dublin band with links to the consistently excellent Popical Island collective. Formed in 2010, the four-piece meld the classic indie pop of c86 bands like felt and orange juice with something brighter and fuzzier that would sit nicely with the elephant 6 roster. Their debut album, Only Count the Sunny Hours, is available now through Any Other City Records.

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  • Name: The Temps – ‘Soup’
  • For Fans Of: The Fall, (Early) Horrors
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Emily Arc

Despite having been together for a few years already, Liverpool’s latest neo-punk(ers) The Temps still have the excitement and optimism of a newly-formed band, especially judging by the sheer vitality and exuberance their live shows are famed for. Their new recordings, though only a few songs, include ‘Bleach’ and ‘Soup’ which are both belligerent and intoxicating, and a small taster of what they’re about. Difficult to categorize, but one thing is for certain, they are anything but temporary (witty, I know) and 2012 is set to be their year.

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  • Name: Halls – ‘Swan (Nobody Wants To Know)'
  • For Fans Of: Panda Bear, Gold Panda
  • Website: Official Website

Samuel Howard, known better as Halls, creates a dream-world smothered in haunting instrumentation, thick reverb and eerie beauty. Over the last few months, Halls has left his South-London bedroom and has been playing various shows around the UK, making a name for himself as an antidote to the flood of dull downtempo-electronic music that seems to be everywhere. His most recent EP 'Fragile' shows a marked progression in his style which, if continued, could help Halls emerge as a beacon for innovative UK electronic music.

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  • Name: Ruby Nectar & The Purple Rats – ‘Nottingham Nurse (No Cure For The Cursed)’
  • For Fans Of: SoKo, Coco Rosie
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Gentle, lilting, lyrics trickle out and a soulful, sombre, sound emerges; Ruby Nectar & the Purple Rats are an acoustic duo from Norwich. Despite a cherry picked number of gigs under their respective belts and a choice few tracks on their Soundcloud, Ruby Nectar delight each audience so far with a sound far beyond their time as a duo. They are set to play at the Birdcage on the 10th of February.

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  • Name: Rainbow Shark – ‘Killer Sharks’
  • For Fans Of: Atlas Sound, The Antlers.
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

As far as I can tell Rainbow Shark are brand new on the ever burgeoning Oxford music scene. Utilising very intricately processed acoustic guitar, hand percussion and all manner of laptop wizardry Rainbow Shark are an intriguing musical prospect. Their soundcloud sampler offers an wide range of musical styles; from the post trip hop drone pop of 'Cereal Charmer' to the minimal electro of 'Trains Dream, Too' and the piano//glitch fest of doom ballad 'Killer Sharks' Rainbow Sharks clearly have a lot going for them.