Welcome to the eighteenth edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 8 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, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich and Oxford.

New Music by Region #17 can be found here!

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  • Name: The Arcadian Kicks – ‘You Play The Girl’
  • For Fans Of: Blondie and Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

Sterling musicianship and the gorgeous vocals of Rebecca Wilson result in a bold, punchy and distinctive sound that sits nicely between new wave a la The Go-Gos and the edgier pop-rock of Those Dancing Days - no doubt a result of working with legendary Blondie producer Mike Chapman and mentor Jon Brookes (Charlatans sticksman and co-owner of city label One Beat). Check out the accompanying video here and catch the five-piece live 93 Feet East on 2 March

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  • Name: Right Hand Left Hand – ‘The Teignmouth Electron’
  • For Fans Of: Mogwai, Run, WALK!
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Right Hand Left Hand are a loop-addicted duo who use two guitars to layer riffs and atmospheric noises over tight and powerful drumbeats. They’re a difficult band to catch live, but when found provide visual as well as aural treats with Andrew and Rhodri flitting from drumkit to guitar to loop station and back again, all in the name of crafting hypnotic and loud math rock. Visit their Bandcamp to hear nod-inducing debut album Power Grab.

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  • Name: Nanu Nanu – ‘Sonic State’
  • For Fans Of: Kraftwerk and Fischerspooner.
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

Nanu Nanu describe themselves as "an electronic pop band." Yes, they use electronic instruments and yes, they have some pop melodies, but this description doesn't come close to capturing the complex sonic and visual elements that combine to create this group. The sound can be dark and sinister: modulated vocals clashing with poppy synth lines. The visuals can be dramatic: glittered faces in front of a striking backdrop. Listen out for a album, released by flaming june records, later this year.

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  • Name: Discopolis – 'Lofty Ambitions’
  • For Fans Of: Kyte, Chad Valley
  • Website: MySpace
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

Discopolis is a name that is becoming more and more recognisable north of the border with some haste as their dreamy dance tunes receive continued exposure; the Edinburgh three-piece were selected to headline the T-Break stage at T In The Park 2011 - next year, Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury?

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  • Name: The Hummingbirds – ‘Back In Liverpool’
  • For Fans Of: The Beatles
  • Website: Official Site
  • Correspondent: Emily Arc

The Hummingbirds, ‘five lads and a box’ are one of Liverpool’s greatest finds, and one of my favourite bands from the city. A bold statement to compare them to the Almighty Four, but especially after seeing them live, and the only Merseyside band (believe me, there are a lot) to headline The Kazimier (2012’s equivalent to The Cavern if you will) you’d be hard pushed not to either. Combine their infectious melodies with catchy lyrics and that typical scouse boyish charm, and you have one the most exciting bands around.

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  • Name: Amanaplan – ‘Open Arms’
  • For Fans Of: Final Fantasy, Dirty Projectors
  • Website: Wesbite
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

Back in the mists of time (2008) a Manchester band called Cats in Paris released "Courtcase 2000", one of the the most interesting, engaging and mental debut albums of the 21st Century. However, like all good things, Cats in Paris came to an end last year, announcing an amicable split. Amanaplan is the first post-Cats project by frontman Michael Watson and is significantly calmer and more sophisticated than any of his former band's material. With an EP coming soon, Amanaplan has many Manchester music nerds salivating for new stuff from alumni of the city's greatest short-lived bands.

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  • Name: Kamilla Lovett - 'That's Nice Dear'
  • For Fans Of: Lily Allen, Portishead
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Ms Lovett has been causing quite a fuss here in the fine city. She is hotly tipped as the next Ed Sheeran, after sharing the same educational background at Norwich’s music school: Access to Music. Her music however is on a completely different page to Sheeran’s. She would be considered more akin to the pop sensibilities of Lily Allen mixed with the trip-hop beats of Portishead. She’s got a slew of Norwich based shows including the Birdcage on the 23rd of March and new venue – OPEN on the 10th of March.

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  • Name: Vienna Ditto – ‘Bells’
  • For Fans Of: Portishead, Cocteau Twins
  • Website: Official Site
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Vienna Ditto came to my attention via some ecstatic praise in Oxford webzine Nightshift, after a quick perusal of their soundcloud I can see why they are already getting praised by the likes of Huw Stephens and Q Magazine. They recall similarly on the up sultry post Portishead atmospheric ensemble Laki Mera, both bands manage to draw influence from the Bristolian trip hop legends while putting their own stamp on their music. Vienna Ditto's website refuses to mention their members by name but the lead singer has a super sexy, husky voice which entrances, aided and abetted by some top notch guitar shimmers and clattering percussion. Download Bells. Now.