Welcome back to New Music by Region. Every fortnight we will present the best new music in nine major cities across the UK (and Ireland). With the help of regional correspondents, we present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Brighton, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle.



  • Location: Brighton
  • Name: Beautiful Boy
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Bee Adamic

What began in a bedsit on Holloway Road, North London, now based along the south coast in Brighton, Beautiful Boy founder Dane Etteridge, who began writing a number of songs with the intention of starting a new band. Beautiful Boy's debut single 'Home' was an exceptionally inviting introduction for these newcomers, who have only been in public existence a short while. Creating honest, vocal gruffness bursting with ambient, cinematic melodies, simple guitar strums, and catchy lyricism, this is an influential indie/folk band that has given them the attention they deserve. Creating a huge wall of sound everywhere they play, these are a definite ones to watch in 2014.



  • Location: Birmingham
  • Name: Antelope
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

Serving up a big portion of delicious jazz, ska and rhythm and blues, Antelope are everything that's right with this city's current slew of tasty crossover artists. Within the collective's ranks are a hefty brass quartet, bass/keys, drums and vocalist Taan Parisse, playing anything from deep house to Midlands Soul - a term they've claimed as their own. Whoever Jimmy Civility is, he's got the groove.



La Roux. Skrillex. Ryan Vail. All artists that the internet rumour mill has thrown up as the potential identity of Northern Irish producer Unknown. They're all wrong. He is not any of them. What he is, is an innovative producer who's creative sounds have captivated many since he began releasing music last year. The anonymity factor has caused speculation, but his music has done the talking too. A numbered series of tracks, released on Youtube, attracted both interest and a deal with Champion Sound Music and now, with a vocal partner in the shape of Gemma Dunleavey, this faceless musician is set to be one of the faces of the year.



This punk-meets-grunge trio have been causing a stir in Glasgow for the last year, and are set to shake up the music scene UK-wide this year. Their song Pure Evil is their best so far, and eases you into their punky riffs and angry lyrics. Imagine Green Day when they were good blended with some Buzzcocks.



    • Location: Leeds
    • Name: Arthur Rigby and the Baskervylles
    • Website: Facebook
    • Correspondent: Emily Tan

    There is always something about adding a brass section to a band's sound that always seems to intrigue me. It can either make things a little jazzy or orchestral. For Arthur Rigby & the Baskervylles, it is a little bit of both. With vocals that have a little Editors twinge and layered arrangements, they will make any indie and alternative fan reconsider chamber pop music because, well, they just do it right, which is why they've not only captured the attention of Leeds but also Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire and 6 Music and of course, The 405.



    A Norwegian, an Irishman and a Brazilian walk into a bar and the subsequent outcome is far from comical. The result is actually dreamy, psyche pop which they self confess as sounding like "the Bee Gees on Diazepam", a description that is frustratingly accurate and difficult to better making my job somewhat redundant. Currently working on their debut LP, if this is anything to go by then we could be in for something rather special.





    Rmours have managed to craft an infectious upbeat-pop sound that sounds instantly familiar, whilst managing to occupy its very own space. If the duo's debut 'Cash Machine', driven by forceful tribal drums and undeniably catchy hooks, is anything to go by, Rmours will make their mark in 2014.



  • Location: Manchester
  • Name: DEADBEAR
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Michelle Lloyd

DEADBEAR is the moniker of producer Nick Donovan who has just finished his PhD in contemporary art which handily saw him make his own software to create his nonuniform sonic landscapes. Nick's consistently made immersive blend of dance and electronica is a constant fight between serenity and panic that spirals into something more complex and curious at the drop of a hat with its smooth ambiance and intense sequences. With his debut shows taking place in the coming months he released his first EP 'Wabi Sabi' via Art is Hard Records in September which included a collaboration with Egyptian Hip Hop singer Alex Hewitt.



This indie-pop gem from Newcastle quartet Lisbon has been causing quite a stir, 'B L U E L O V E' is a big step up from the bands previous tracks with its fully realised production adding weight to a song that's melodies and riffs that will have you reaching for the play button as soon as the tide goes out on its final notes. They have already received support from Jen and Ally on BBC Radio 1 and a few more tracks like this could set up a very good year for Lisbon.