Welcome to the 23rd 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 present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, London and Oxford.

New Music by Region #22 can be found here!

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  • Name: The Carpels – ‘Khan (Demo)’
  • For Fans Of: Editors and Foals
  • Website: Official site
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

The five-piece band, now with a new member on board, follow up on the good reception for early 2012 single Bears with a trio of work-in-progress tracks, one of which – Khan – perfectly captures the unique vocal style of Dylan Williams, supported by Jacob McQue’s super-powered sticksmanship and tight hi-octane bursts from the band. Part of the One Beat stable, The Carpels are young, germinal, fiercely Brummie and well worth checking out. Check the videos of recent recording sessions here.

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  • Name: Ceri Frost – ‘High 5's and Drive Bys’
  • For Fans Of: Beck, Super Furry Animals
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Ceri Frost is something of a cult hero in Cardiff. Having produced recordings by tweesters Little My and the intensely popular Sweet Baboo, he also mans a veg stall at the Riverside Farmers Market with his brother and records his own psychedelic pop bangers. Recent album Errant Agent is 8 bursts of eccentric, reverb-heavy hazy sunshine, featuring ‘High 5’s and Drive Bys’ – a whirlpool of excellent Lennon-esque melodies and invitations to ‘get high’.

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  • Name: Not Squares – ‘Fall Far’
  • For Fans Of: LCD Soundsystem and Liquid Liquid.
  • Website: tumblr
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

It's been a while since Not Squares first shook things up in Belfast with their punked up disco sounds and stated aim of bringing the party. Since then they've released one amazing album 'Yeak! OK' and taken their racket everywhere from the basements of Leeds to the venues of Tokyo. New single 'Fall Far' seems like as good an introduction as any. Joyous melodies, disco vibes and a thumping bass line give this a sound that Arthur Russell might have created if he'd lived long enough to play with the technology.

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  • Name: Zed Penguin – ‘This Town’
  • For Fans Of: Deerhunter, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

Edinburgh based Matthew Winter, also known as Zed Penguin, creates music that is rough around the edges with a lovely unrefined sound through what I've heard is a home-made amp. The result is something that sounds eccentric yet remains chilled out and slightly ambient. His 'Four Track Mind' EP is available for download on his bandcamp where you can name your price.

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  • Name: Thomas J Speight – ‘Willow Tree'
  • For Fans Of: Ryan Adams, Noah & the Whale.
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

He's keeping good company. With a new EP released via London's beloved Young & Lost Club, and some choice words from both Ryan Adams (!) and Sir Paul McCartney (!!!), the beautiful folk-pop stylings of Thomas J Speight are starting to take off in a big and well-deserved way. Pick up a copy of the Willow Tree EP, and be on the lookout for any upcoming London dates.

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  • Name: Ruth Stavric – ‘Rise’
  • For Fans Of: Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack.
  • Website: Website Type
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Ruth Stavric is a bit of an enigma, with precious little info available about her online... Her soundcloud tracks put me in mind of Cocteau Twins and Mezzanine era Massive Attack, high praise indeed. My personal fave track is Rise, a collaboration with someone called Julsy. Whoever Julsy is they've made the perfect, minimal backdrop to Ruth's crystalline, haunting lead vocal.