Perhaps the most consistently and fearlessly challenging of UK new music labels … releasing some of the most unforgettable stuff I’ve heard this year" - Simon Cummings, 5:4

Founded in 2009, Huddersfield Contemporary Records (HCR) is a label devoted to new music. Based at the University of Huddersfield, and established in partnership between CeReNeM (the Centre for Research in New Music), Huddersfield University Press, and hcmf//, HCR features both established and emerging artists at the cutting edge of music making, including diverse innovations in instrumental composition, electronics, and free improvisation. HCR releases have been recorded and produced both in-house at the university and with a broad selection of professional partners, including hcmf//, ZKM, and Radio Bremen, and have attracted exceptional press attention for a label of its size.

HCR produces outward-facing compilations, internationally contextualised but centred on new music in the UK. The label develops concept-driven releases, typically featuring a single performing artist and multiple composers, often drawing on the resources of CeReNeM’s industry partnerships and its international research network.  

Since 2015, HCR has been exclusively distributed by NMC Recordings. Browse the entire catalogue at

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Huddersfield Contemporary Records
Richard Steinitz Building, Room 1/30
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH 
United Kingdom