Welcome to the nineteenth 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, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich and Oxford.

New Music by Region #18 can be found here!

music-by-location-Birmingham Birming
  • Name: The Bluebeat Arkestra – ‘Move On’
  • For Fans Of: Janelle Monae, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

Being home to a creative ecosystem of influences and communities from the world over means exciting sonic collaborations, genre mash-ups and artistic unions regularly take place in Birmingham, often under the industry radar. The Bluebeat Arkestra's distillation of disco, jazz, indie, soul, hip-hop, dub and electronica is one such example of positive new consonance in the city. The band's curated label and live night 'Hustle!' and material produced by ex-Morcheeba bassist Leigh Gordon = a soundclash made in heaven. Go seek.

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  • Name: Georgia Ruth – ‘Through Your Hands’
  • For Fans Of: Laura Marling, St Vincent.
  • Website: Tumblr
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Born in Aberystwyth, educated at Cambridge and now resident in Cardiff, Georgia Ruth sings Joni Mitchell-esque folk tunes, usually accompanied by her excellent harp playing. As such a Joanna Newsom comparison is inevitable, but on her recently released EP In Luna (on Welsh folk label Gwymon) Ruth is much more than a Newsomite, with four beautifully performed and highly melancholic songs to tug at the heartstrings. And live, whether solo or backed by Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, she delivers it all brilliantly.

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  • Name: Temper-Mental MissElayneous – ‘Dominoes’
  • For Fans Of: MIA and Miss Kitten.
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

A couple of weeks ago RTE, Ireland's state broadcaster, showed a programme called Ireland's Rappers. While much of the music was of little worth, it worked as a story about a particular subculture among working class youth. However, there was a diamond in the musical rough. A young girl from Finglas was seen spitting out rhymes in the club and on the street. The amazingly monikered Temper-Mental MissElayneous is wise beyond her years. Her lyrics are confrontational yet smart; and who can argue with song titles like Proletarian Restitution? There is an EP available on bandcamp. Buy it!

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  • Name: Bear's Den – ‘Pompeii’
  • For Fans Of: Cherbourg,
  • Website: Official Site
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

Bear's Den revisited. It all comes full circle. Although the band was the subject of my very first New Music By Region pick, their enigmatic nature warrants them a second look. With only a website full of outdated gigs and one unnamed streaming demo, any news from Bear's Den is good news indeed. Communion UK is hosting a new track entitled "Pompeii", which is another great testament to the strength of Andrew Davie's songwriting.

music-by-location-liverpool Liverpool
  • Name: Liberty Vessels – ‘We're Not Working Anymore’
  • For Fans Of: Early Strokes, Ramones
  • Website: Band Camp
  • Correspondent: Emily Arc

Take the jangle-pop riffs of Albert Hammond Jr and vocals like that of Orlando Weeks and you have Liverpool's best new band. Though Liberty Vessels have been together for a few years, they're finally starting to get the recognition they deserve, with support slots from the likes of Echo and The Bunnymen, The Heartbreaks and Spector. Having songs about the futility of education and the frustration at the corporate soul-sucking industries a la Simon Cowell (fuck the system, man), their recordings and especially their live shows exude such a raw energy and fervor. Barely eighteen and already creating music with which people of different ages and music tastes can share an affinity with, Liberty Vessels really are the ones to watch for the next year.

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  • Name: New Hips – ‘All Prologue’
  • For Fans Of: Dutch Uncles, This Town Needs Guns
  • Website: Official Site
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

Math rock is a tricky genre. Some bands wear there complicated time signatures and incomprehensible riffs as a mark of pride, which is always impressive and very fun to begin with, but can start to induce a headache very quickly. New Hips, on the other hand, manage to make these hugely complicated stops and starts sound shamelessly pop. Add in some genuine sing along moments and the occasional cheeky trumpet solo and you have one of the most musically impressive and purely enjoyable bands in Manchester.

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  • Name: Woodland Creatures – ‘Fool the Wolves’
  • For Fans Of: Johnny Flynn, Simon and Garfunkel
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Woodland creatures are akin to a female Simon and Garfunkel; somewhat pastoral folk musings but with a bit more of a modern edge. Despite not having a huge quantity of music online they regular play gigs in and around Norwich, and live they are not to be missed. Mixing Yiddish Klezmer with a quintessentially English folk feel they often keep feet tapping without it becoming too country-pub-ish. They’re next show is at the Birdcage on the 23rd of March.

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  • Name: Unpunished Monsters – ‘Moon Dance’
  • For Fans Of: Gary Numan,
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Formerly of much praised grunge rock band Dial F For Frankenstein and now of similarly hyped and scuzzy rockers Kill Murray, Gus Rogers is quite a local Oxford music 'sleb... With his new Unpunished Monsters project Gus is turning his hand to some fine tuned electro influenced 2step bit crushed joy. On my personal fave track 'Moon Dance' Gus croons "I will fight you like a caveman'" over a deep, slow jam and you can see why the (favourable) comparisons to Gary Numan and Prince keep coming up.