Welcome to the 25th 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, Leeds, Liverpool and Oxford.

New Music by Region #24 can be found here!

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  • Name: Poppy and the Jezebels – ‘ Sign In, Dream On, Drop Out’
  • For Fans Of:Kenickie and Those Dancing Days
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent:Lyle Bignon

This new release from the Brummie four-piece, produced by Richard X and Daniel Miller, marks the return of the band - with a bubblegum bang - after a 12 month hiatus. The time away has served P&TJ well as their sound on the record is polished, melodic and glittering, subsequently turning the right heads in music media with its vivacious charm - a Music Week Breakout gig in June awaits too. Poppy by name and poppy by nature. Brilliance.

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  • Name: The Knox – ‘Road Run’
  • For Fans Of: The La's, The Beatles.
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

The Knox are young (studying for A-levels) and their recordings are still very much demo-quality, but I came across them and got so god damn excited that I decided to give them a mention. They’re gigging like mad around the city and picking up some pretty influential fans, and I would wager that 12 months from now they’ll have a few high quality recordings under their belts and a big cult following. Definitely ones to watch.

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  • Name: The Cast of Cheers – ‘Animals’
  • For Fans Of: Foals and Minus The Bear.
  • Website: Website
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

I'll admit that I'm stretching the definition of 'new' here. The Cast of Cheers have been turning heads for a while in their home town but with a new album on the way, a recent tour with blood red shoes and a clutch of festival shows booked for the summer, it seems like a good time to introduce them to 405ers. Foals are an obvious influence. Finger-tapped guitars duel over danceable rhythms. However, there's something warmer about the melodies. A pop sensibility that could make them serious contenders.

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  • Emily & The Faves: Emily & The Faves – ‘In The Pines’
  • For Fans Of: The Be Good Tanyas
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Emily Arc

Put simply, Emily Lansley seems to be some sort of creative superhuman. If she's not touring and recording with her other band Stealing Sheep, posting stories and artwork on her blog, or being commissioned for her illustrations, she's otherwise engaged with Emily & The Faves- where all of her imagination and artistry comes together. Writing all of the songs and music herself, this band reflects her personal style, with almost unpredictable melodies and iridescent guitars. We're left with a spectacular, undulating sound.

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  • Name: Heart-Ships – ‘Spraypaint’
  • For Fans Of: Wild Beasts, Modest Mouse
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Emily Tan

Combine narrative lyrics with intricately symphonic melodies and alt-rock sensibility and you have Heart-Ships. With 6 guys in the band, it's no surprise that they can produce some big sounds reminiscent of Canada's indie music scene like Arcade Fire or Wolf Parade. But they somehow manage to make it sound like a jam session that you just happened to step into. From the fluid vocal arrangements to the seamless layering of hard guitar riffs and fluid synth chords, they are not just a band to listen to but one to experience live.

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  • Name: Daniel Land & The Modern Painters – ‘Eyes Wide Shut (SPC ECO Remix)’
  • For Fans Of: Cocteau Twins, Slowdive
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

Do you remember the shoegaze revival? When A Place To Bury Strangers and Deerhunter were getting (deserved) praise and hype heaped on them? Well as great as those bands are, they mainly took their influences from the more abrasive, My Bloody Valentine side of shoegaze and seemingly ignored the slow, elegant balladeers of Slowdive, Cocteau Twins and early Spiritualized. Daniel Land & The Modern Painters however make these gentler, glacial atmospheres and make them the touchstones of their sound. It's nice to have these Manchester veterans back after taking three years to record their new album "The Space Between Us".

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  • Name: Count Drachma – ‘Mantshontsh'Emsamo’
  • For Fans Of: Paul Simon, tUnEyArDs.
  • Website: bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Live sampling, Zulu lullaby singing cosmic pop group Count Drachma are the grooviest new band in old Oxford town. Based around Rob and Oli Steadman of local folk heros made good Stornoway, CD are a fascinating bunch, inspired by their childhood spent in their native South Africa, coupled with a healthy obsession in the very latest music tech advances, particularly the live sampling madness of fellow 4AD artists tUnEyArDs, Count Drachma are a perfect meeting of the old and the new. I'm woefully ignorant of African music but I love the demos Count Drachma have posted on bandcamp and am intrigued to check out some of the Zulu language artists that have inspired them. CLICK LISTEN LIKE.