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, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle.



  • Location: Brighton
  • Name: Hypnotized
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Bee Adamic

Vibing off weird noises, psychedelic krautrock and exotic instruments, Brighton trio Hypnotized (signed to infamous DIY south coast label 'Love Thy Neighbour') definitely know their way around a hook. Mostly melted pop with parts of shoe gaze, but then so very intense is their stark gothic take on the genre. Their live shows are so very fascinating and a mix of distorted vocals, masked faces and kaleidoscopic visuals.



  • Location: Birmingham
  • Name: Vital
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Lyle Bignon

In an era where swag often presides over talent and hype more is more powerful than lyrical mastery, it's refreshing to discover a young artist driven by a positive force and using bashment, dancehall, hip-hop and more to push socially responsible messaging. OK so the young MC, educator and musician Vital is a Wolverhampton boy, but as producer-rapper Skepta recently pointed out, the area spanning from B to WV postcodes is the new centre of the UK's grime and homegrown rap.



  • Location: Cardiff
  • Name: Exit International
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Exit International aren't a new band - they've been melting faces and puncturing ear drums in South Wales for a fair few years - but they do have a new album out this month which is worthy of your attention. Following on from 2011's Welsh Music Prize-nominated debut Black Junk, Our Science is Golden is another set of dual-bass guitar fronted assault from the noise-trio, with now traditional sardonic vocals acting as the icing on their Albini and Dischord-influenced cake. Further, they possess by the barrel what their forebears sometimes lack: humour and hooks.



Once a member of Cork band Hush War Cry, Eoin French has returned in a solo guise as Talos. Teaming up with producer Ian Ring (from the fantastic Young Wonder) his debut track 'Tethered Bones' premiered last week and instantly set Internet tongues wagging with it's subtly dramatic electronic atmospherics.



This band are tackling the Glasgow music scene head-on with their brand of comical, tongue-in-cheek music. Hard to pigeonhole their massive band (there's about 12 of them, despite the misleading name) into one genre, the Colonel and his crew cover folky-blues to ska with a little bit of everything in between. Their "ginger girl" song with its 10 minute epic video is worth checking out.



    • Location: Leeds
    • Name: Bianca Gerald
    • Website: Official Website
    • Correspondent: Emily Tan

    With the songwriting sensibility of Corinne Bailey Rae and Emeli Sande and the honest soulfulness of singers like Erykah Badu and India Aire, Bianca Gerald has the makings of not only being the next big singer-songwriter to come out of Leeds but also one with some longevity. She's wee bit pop, a little neo-soul with some R&B and a lot of heart. Her recent release, 'The Butterfly EP,' boasts 'Save Me,' can put her in the pop realm, but it's tracks like 'Beautiful Something' and 'Open Your Eyes' that show her artistry that will only grow with time. If you haven't given her a listen yet, it's about time you've given it a go.



    Think back to when you were 17; what were you up to? Personally I was four stone overweight and playing Champ Manager. Låpsley on the other hand has created such a buzz thanks to a handful of tracks on her SoundCloud that when she played a gig at local venue Leaf last week it was attended by so many music biz bods that you could've mistaken Liverpool for Austin for a brief moment in time. In an industry prone to getting carried away with over excitement, the raw inherent talent this young lady is showing could just be the real deal.




    I have no idea if Royce Wood Junior is an alias or a real name. If it is indeed the latter then the London based songwriter and producer's name couldn't suit his music anymore. Slick, soulful and effortlessly cool, Wood's seductive track 'Nuff' is one of the most accomplished and engaging debuts of 2014.



  • Location: Manchester
  • Name: Girl Friend
  • Website: Tumblr
  • Correspondent: Michelle Lloyd

Googling Girl Friend's debut single 'Perfume' might put you in a precarious situation, but don't let pictures of Bieber's eau de toilette put you off - their sensual ode to wantonness and passion will have you beguiled in seconds. Falsettos and plush synths merge, unleashing a canny and silver tongued piece of pop. Something not too dissimilar to what you might get if you fused band du jour Wild Beasts with Outfit and added a spoonful of The Smiths' melancholy. 'Perfume' will be followed by debut EP 'Everyone Wan.ts to be Wanted' later this Spring



'New Morning' was premiered on this fine blog but it's that good it's deserving of a second plug and to fly the flag for Newcastle in this regional roundup. Indie-folk songwriters are ten a penny and it takes something special to shine through, this is something Suntrapp does with ease. Recent tracks have been supported by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson and For Folk's Sake with New Morning being recorded at Camden's Roundhouse as part of their 30/30 Project. Suntrapp also recently won the North-East's prestigious Alan Hull Award for songwriting, showing he is one of the regions finest talents to keep an eye on.