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Skam's first 12-inch single is rumored to have never been officially released, only distributed as a promo. This was a self-titled debut from Lego Feet (SKA001) (Sean Booth and Rob Brown, now commonly known to be the pioneering duo Autechre); approximately 100–150 copies are believed to exist. The label followed with two 12" records from a project known as Gescom, whose members vary between each release. It is widely believed that Booth and Brown of Autechre are staple members, however.
Other early Skam releases came from the likes of Freeform, Bola, Jega, Team Doyobi, E.Stonji, and Boards of Canada. These first ten label releases are commonly regarded as classic electronic records, during which Skam was at its prime. With exception of the oft reprinted EPs Boards of Canada's Hi Scores EP (SKA008), Gescom's Keynell (SKA007), and the recently repressed Lego Feet (SKA001), early Skam releases still fetch high prices on the collector's market.
Skam entered the full-length market in 1998 with the releases of Soup by Bola (SKALD/P2) and Music Has the Right to Children by Boards of Canada, the latter being jointly released with Warp Records (SKALD/P1, WARPCD/LP55), both of which have been praised by the IDM community as classic recordings.
A recurring feature on the packaging of Skam releases is the name of the label printed in braille.
Skam is renowned for its multiple series of record releases within the label, all of which are an anagram of "SKAM". Skam's early 12" compilation "MASK" records are now extremely rare and valuable. The first three records were produced in conjunction with Musik Aus Strom, and the latter two by Skam alone.
Up until the 2004 release of Mr 76ix's Hits of 76ix, the label has produced a 7" single along with each full-length album; the 7" catalogue numbers begin with the letters "KMAS". Boards of Canada's rare single for Aquarius, for example, is KMAS001. Skam has since stated on its website that future KMAS releases will feature purely exclusive tracks to complement full-length recordings of the same number.
In 2001, Skam began the "SMAK" series. Each SMAK 12" showcased two artists, one per record side. Some SMAK artists, like Quinoline Yellow (SMAK09), have gone on to become full Skam musicians. NMB Allstars (SMAK07, "North Manchester Bedroom Allstars") went on to become part of the sublabel 33, which Skam has been known to refer to as "a part of the family." Others, like Ola Bergman (SMAK05) and Posthuman (SMAK01) went on to set up their own record labels: New Speak and Seed Records, respectively. Also, some artists, such as Made (SMAK03), are renowned Skam live acts. In October 2004, Skam gave birth to the "AMKS" series with Supermechamaximegamegablast by Mortal and Chemist, which is, as the catalogue number may suggest, a mix.
- Young, Rob (October 1998). "Harder! Faster! Louder!". The Wire. pp. 20–25.