Welcome to the 26th 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 #25 can be found here!

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  • Name: Jimmy Davis – ‘United by Smiles’
  • For Fans Of: Akala and Braintax
  • Website: Official site
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

An antidote to mainstream acts like The Streets or Jamie T, Jimmy Davis is the real deal when it comes to UK spoken word and hip-hop as the caustic samples (including from local MP and anti-war supporter Clare Short), sparse beats and a dark, socially conscious realist rap delivered in a warm Birmingham accent on this track prove. Support has come from Ed Sheeran, Blak Twang, SBTV and Huw Stephens (BBC R1) to date: check out why.

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  • Name: Saturday's Kids – ‘Grey On White/Black Pocket’
  • For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, (early) Idlewild.
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Saturday’s Kids have been ‘quietly’ making waves for some time now. I wrap inverted commas around quietly because while you may not have heard of them, they’re really bloody loud. This recent double A-side is a welcome addition to their growing canon, featuring two of the most destructive songs of their live set – which is consistently delivered with a spit and snarl comparable to the early performances of the Manic Street Preachers.

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  • Oxygen Thieves: Oxygen Thieves – ‘I'm In Love With the Dark’
  • For Fans Of: Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr.
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Emily Arc

Transport yourself back to the nineties and Oxygen Thieves would be right there...providing they weren't toddlers. The vocal is a bizarre mix of Cobain with drawl-like elements of Bowie (?!), and that combined with the disconsolate strumming yields a brilliant West Coast sound of the modern day. Think perhaps of a gloomier BRMC, like a 'less tuneful Smashing Pumpkins', with a sound like this it's hard not to fall in love with them.

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  • Name: The ABC Club – ‘White Lies’
  • For Fans Of: Two Door Cinema Club and The Strokes.
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Emily Tan

Voted NME Breakthrough in 2010, the ABC Club were in the running to be the next big thing. While their shot to being a permanent fixture in stardom didn't pan out as expected, this didn't deter them from making undeniably good music. Combining their loves of bands like Radiohead, Block Party and the Strokes, they were able to create indie pop music that feels familiar but yet so different. Frontwoman Zandra Klievens has a strong tenderness in her voice but still manages to take command of the song, making you feel every lyric that comes out of her mouth.

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  • Name: Eliza and the Bear – ‘Brother's Boat’
  • For Fans Of: Arcade Fire, The Maccabees
  • Website: Official Site
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

London is in for a big surprise. While Eliza and the Bear have remained quiet for the last 6+ months, it seems like things are ready to take flight. I featured the band early on, when 'New Music By Region' was just an infant, and I'm just as thrilled about them 9 months later. The band's new single 'Brother's Boat' is available for free download via their official site.

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  • Name: The FTSE 100 – ‘Working Lunch’
  • For Fans Of: American Football, Pele.
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Chris Holland

Three of Manchester's finest musicians making excellent instrumental music. A simple description that not only works for The FTSE 100 but also "sister band" NASDAQ- as both groups are made of the same three members. But while NASDAQ make winding, twenty plus minute odysseys with gloomy metal undertones, The FTSE 100's music is lighter, twiddlier and prettier. Self-described as "financial funk", it might not make you dance (in any recognisable way) it is certain to entertain you.

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  • Name: Epilogues – ‘Ursa Minor’
  • For Fans Of: Keaton Henson, Sufjan Stevens
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Epilogues is the name under which Singer/Songwriter Michael Donnolly pens his work. Softly spoken lyrics sit under sometimes simple but always effective instrumentation, the sound often layering during emotive crescendo's. Epilogues is currently in the process of releasing his perfectly formed debut self-titled EP via just the interwebs and you can purchase / stream the whole record on his bandcamp.

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  • Name: Rainbow Reservoir – ‘Scaredy Cat’
  • For Fans Of: Magnetic Fields, Viv Albertine
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Rainbow Reservoir is the solo moniker for world renowned concert saxophonist Angela Space. Born in the US and based in Oxford since 2006, only last week did Angela make her debut Oxford performance. Mixing up Satie influenced melodicism with Magnetic Fields-esque oddball song writing, RR is a truly unique musical experience. There's rumour of an EP coming up in 2012, I hope the rumours are true!