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Play It Again Sam (PIAS) is one of the more well known labels based in Brussels, with offices in a number of international countries as well. It was founded by Kenny Gates and Micheal Lambot way back in 1983 and was originally used to import records to Belgium. The label focuses on showcasing a wide variety of styles and innovative talent. The company is active now since 2007 as Belgian division PIAS Belgium of the [PIAS] Entertainment Group.

The first release on the label in 1984 was the mini album 'Faces In The Fire' by the cult experimental psychedelic band The Legendary Pink Dots. It was rapidly followed by releases from many other artists with very diverse musical backgrounds and geographical origins including the Butthole Surfers, Parade Ground, The Neon Judgement, The Sound, Skinny Puppy, Taxi Girl, Bill Pritchard and The Cassandra Complex.

Play It Again Sam also released a number of albums by American artists under license e from various US label partners. From the Michael Stipe produced Magnapop to Barkmarket (the band of producer Dave Sardy), the Kelly Deal 6000 (the band of the lead guitarist of The Breeders) and Pixies frontman Frank Black's project Frank Black & The Catholics.

In the year 2000, the label's headquarter moved from Brussels to London and was renamed [PIAS] Recordings. [PIAS] Recordings in the UK took a stake in labels such as Fat Cat (which became a group owned sister label) and released the first two albums by Icelandic band Sigur Rós (which became one of the best selling acts in the label's history) and Mum. The Scottish band Mogwai signed to [PIAS] Recordings UK in 2001 and released 4 albums on the label.

Play It Again Sam was part of a wave of influential labels that emerged during a fertile generation of European independents in the early eighties along with peers like Factory, Mute, Rough Trade and 4AD. It was initially known for being one of the drivers behind the emergence of EBM and Industrial music with artists like Front 242, Meat Beat Manifesto and The Young Gods.

The label later broadened its musical horizon with releases by artists including The Sound, Soulwax/2ManyDJ's, Sigur Ros, Dinosaur Jr and Mogwai. Today Play It Again Sam is home to acts as diverse as Editors, Agnes Obel, Seasick Steve , Ghostpoet and Young Guns.


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Melanie De Biasio Blackened Cities (EP+MP3,One Sided 180g

Melanie De Biasio

Blackened Cities (EP+MP3,One Sided 180g

VÖ-Datum: 20.05.2016
Label: play it again sam
  • 12" U.K.
    12" U.K.
  • Jazz
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