News Reggae Steady Ska Album Of The Year 2013

Published on December 31st, 2013 | by Joachim

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Album Of The Year 2013 – Vote Now

2013 has been another fantastic year for our music. We have seen old favourites come back, countless new names rise up. Reggae Steady Ska reported about some of them. Now, around the turn of the year, many like to take a look back and think about the good things that happened. It’s also a good time to dig deeper and see what we might have missed this year. 

That’s the idea behind the Reggae Steady Ska polls. They are not about hyping anything up, they are about showing love. 

We put together a playlist with music from nearly all the bands nominated for the Album Of The Year 2013. The playlist is more than five hours long. Thanks a ton to everyone who contributed to the list (Mochammad Yasser, Peter Clemm, Ska-Talk forum, Kevin Flowerdew, Sergio Rallo to name a few) and made it as comprehensive as it gets. There is a lot to discover. 



Please take a listen before you cast your votes. And use your right to vote your favourite THREE albums. You are welcome to share the playlist as well. There is another post with some more details about the albums from 2013 (style, country, release date) to be found here. 

Get me on the list

Three more things

  • It will be possible to cast your votes once a day (the poll software works no other way).
  • More poll categories will be added in the following days.
  • Next to the public voting a jury voting has already been going on for some time. It will be interesting to see the results.

The public votings for the Album Of The Year 2013 start now and end on Monday 6th of January 2014, 23:59 (C.E.T.). 

My three favorite Ska Rocksteady Early Reggae Albums 2013 are ...

  • Aggressors B.C. - The Tone Of The Times (17%, 1,332 Votes)
  • Dave Hillyard - California (16%, 1,294 Votes)
  • Sammy Kay & East Los Three - Love Letters (10%, 764 Votes)
  • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Diamond In Your Heart (8%, 619 Votes)
  • Reggay Lords - same (7%, 600 Votes)
  • Dilip 'n The Davs - Together (7%, 580 Votes)
  • Selecter, The - String Theory (7%, 523 Votes)
  • Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra - The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius (6%, 509 Votes)
  • Keyser Soze - The Remedy (5%, 406 Votes)
  • Big D & The Kids Table - Stomp/Stroll (4%, 288 Votes)
  • Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve (3%, 243 Votes)
  • Stimulators, The - Rhythm Fever (3%, 231 Votes)
  • Orquestra Brasileira de Música Jamaicana - Volume II (3%, 230 Votes)
  • Melbourne Ska Orchestra - self titled (3%, 229 Votes)
  • Jimmy Cliff - KCRW Sessions (3%, 211 Votes)
  • Various Artists - Specialized 2: Beat Teenage Cancer (3%, 209 Votes)
  • Beat Sunset - One (3%, 205 Votes)
  • Less Than Jake - See The Light (2%, 190 Votes)
  • King Django - Anywhere I Roam (2%, 174 Votes)
  • Various Artists - The Clash Goes Jamaican (2%, 168 Votes)
  • Distemper - Pride Belief Love (2%, 164 Votes)
  • Tsuyoshi Kawakami & His Moodmakers - Moodholic (2%, 149 Votes)
  • Bim Skala Bim - Chet's Last Call (2%, 147 Votes)
  • Red Soul Community - I Never Learn (2%, 137 Votes)
  • Indecision, The - New Faces (2%, 136 Votes)
  • Toulouse Skanking Foundation - Voodoo train (2%, 132 Votes)
  • Bartenders - Szumna Sessions (2%, 125 Votes)
  • Delegators, The - All Aboard (2%, 123 Votes)
  • Various Artists - Return Of The Rootbois (1%, 116 Votes)
  • Debonaires, The - Movin' (1%, 112 Votes)
  • Lions, The - This Generation (1%, 108 Votes)
  • Radio Pirata - Ruidos del Ghetto (1%, 100 Votes)
  • D’Jenks - Jalan Panjang Berliku (1%, 97 Votes)
  • Smooth Beans - Keep Talking (1%, 91 Votes)
  • Various Artists - The Brooklyn Rocksteady Soundtrack (1%, 90 Votes)
  • Simmertones, The - Something For The Weekend (1%, 90 Votes)
  • Dirty Revolution - The Heat (1%, 89 Votes)
  • Evokatones, The - Emergency (1%, 87 Votes)
  • Cartoon Violence - Tit For Tat (1%, 84 Votes)
  • Steadytones, The - Heavy Impact (1%, 77 Votes)
  • By The Rivers - same (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Tips, The - Trippin' (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Prizefighters, The - A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds (1%, 75 Votes)
  • Boss Capone - Another 15 Dance Floor Crashers (1%, 69 Votes)
  • Sarah Connors, The - The Revenge Of The Black Squid (1%, 66 Votes)
  • Trojans, The - feat. Zoe Devlin - Smash It! (1%, 65 Votes)
  • Roger Rivas - Autumn Breeze (1%, 62 Votes)
  • Oldtones, The - Too Late, Lady (1%, 59 Votes)
  • Branlarians, The - The First And Maybe The Only (1%, 58 Votes)
  • 65 Mines Street - Fix The Clock (1%, 53 Votes)
  • Bigger Thomas - Ska In My Pocket (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Prince Perry - Here Tomorrow Gone Today (1%, 50 Votes)
  • What's Love? - ON-KO-CHI-SHIN (1%, 49 Votes)
  • Orb, The - feat. Lee Perry - More Tales from the Orbservatory (1%, 49 Votes)
  • King Pepe & His Calypso Combo - Tropical Invasion (1%, 47 Votes)
  • Goldmaster Allstars - Colt 45 (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Sally Brown - El sonido del mañana (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Ska Vengers, The - same (1%, 45 Votes)
  • Resignators - down in flames (1%, 44 Votes)
  • Lord Mouse & The Calypso Katz - Go Calypsonian (0%, 38 Votes)
  • Jr. Thomas Meets The Venditions - same (0%, 37 Votes)
  • Dr. Calypso - Sempre Endavant (0%, 36 Votes)
  • Show-Ska - The Magic Gang (0%, 35 Votes)
  • (0%, 33 Votes)
  • Meow Meows, The - Somehow We Met (0%, 33 Votes)
  • Comic Strip - Finally ... The First Album (0%, 32 Votes)
  • Natty Princess - Forward (0%, 32 Votes)
  • Various Artists - The New Dimension Of Soul & Reggae (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Jim Murple Memorial - Take Your Flight, Jim! (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Rough Kutz, The - Dirty Sex At Midnight (0%, 29 Votes)
  • Mike Pinto - Truthful Lies (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Doberman - Kore Ga Rei No Are (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Dubblestandart / Various - Woman In Dub (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Statuto - Un Giorno Di Festa (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Crabs Corporation, The - The Many Faces Of The ... (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Kinky Coo Coo's, The - Sweet, Fun & Ready (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Jackie Mendez - Introducing (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Newtown Rocksteady - Goin' Steady (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Hirie - same (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Oldians, The - Downtown Rock (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Tasty Grooves - Soul Street (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Meta & the Cornerstones - Ancient Power (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Spahnis Dub Dancers - Back To Ska (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Three Seven - Something With Three Seven (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Liquidizer Sounds - Super Ferric Advetures Volume 1 (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Malandro Nine Five - same (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Pistol Valve - Pistol Star (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Miserable Man - Meet The Shark (0%, 16 Votes)
  • Tom Swift - Dress Up (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Razika - På vei hjem (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Soothsayers feat. Cornel Campbell - Nothing Can Stop Us (0%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,035

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About the Author

With his Ska band The Braces (1984-1991, 2000-2006) Joachim Uerschels released three albums for Unicorn, Pork Pie and Mad Butcher Records. He lives in Cologne, Germany as a writer and musician. He's currently writing songs for the first album of his Acoustic Ska project Joe Scholes



38 Responses to Album Of The Year 2013 – Vote Now

  1. soulboys vs rudeboys says:

    A Great year for ska!

  2. Great year for the ska/rocksteady/reggae indeed! And you can also check some of the bands video clips on my Facebook timeline and don’t forget to cast your vote!

  3. chris nckenzie says:

    We Did Release An EP/Mini Album A Month Ago Or So Called “THE TURNOUT”..With 8 Songs From Early Recordings But Stay Tuned …..we hope to start recording soon on a fresh 30 yr strong sound !!! 2014 We Are Here !!! Nutty Sounds Are Back !!!! Get Out The Stovepipe Suit Skanksters !!!!

  4. Sergio Rallo says:

    Good music is never too much, okay, but here we are exaggerating my friends! In the playlist there are great songs, catchy sounds, groovy rhythms, wonderful voices, talented musicians, very good arrangers, and yet much more from nearly the whole world, and all this abundance makes not only very, very difficult to get the final word about which is the best 2013 album, but it is also something that throws a bright light over one of the best music scenes in the world and, in any case, over the most funny, happy and bubbling one. Thanks God for Ska.

  5. Geral Dwitama says:

    vote D’Jenks from Indonesia!! yeeaaahhh \m/

  6. Rama Adhitya says:

    Vote for D’JENKS Indonesian Dirty Reggae.. Toast..

  7. Fajar pamungkas says:

    RETURN OF THE ROOTBOIS, Good man

  8. john irving says:

    Its a pity that a great Australian ska band Steel City Allstars did not make the list
    Melbourne Ska Orchestra then gets the thumbs up

    • Pete says:

      Hey John,
      it’s (virtually) impossible to actually be aware of all Ska-related releases around the world. That’s why we have been collecting titles all year round on this website. Unfortunately, nobody suggested that album. That’s why it is so important to strengthen this community, so more people get to know and buy more good music and attend mor good concerts.
      Is there any link at which people can listen to them?
      Pete

    • dilip parekh says:

      Theres lots of exciting Ska music coming out of Australia at the moment. We so love the MSO (Melbourne Ska Orchestra). Brilliant achievement to get that album out and tour it all over this huge country of ours. And, by the way, our own band from Fremantle, Western Australia, is also in the nominations … Dilip n the Davs is band name, and “Together” is the album name. Lucky enough to have Nicky Bomba, the music maestro from the MSO play percussion on half the tracks on our album, so its a bit of an East/West (Australia) joint effort.
      One thing I’ve got out of this poll is a greater appreciation of the amazing music that is coming out of all corners of the globe in the genre that we so love. Jah Bless you all. ONE LOVE from Freo !

  9. Sebastian says:

    Thanks Joachim for this great list & the YouTube-Playlist! It’s an inspiration and reminder to keep exploring

  10. Carolate says:

    Hi guys! Thanks for this list. I have discovered so many bands I never heard of. But, it’s impossible to vote every day or from a device that shares connection. Maybe you could fix that, because here at home we have different choices and it only let me vote for one.

    Greetings!

    • Joachim says:

      Hi Carolate, we can’t change the functions of the poll plugin I’m afraid. Maybe it helps if you erase your cache or the cookies once a day.

  11. Algiansyah Putera says:

    I Vote D’Jenks Dirty Reggae Band from Indonesia!! *2 Thumbs Up ….

  12. what is the blank spot between Orquesta Brasilera De Musica Jamaicana and Pistol Valve?

  13. deedeet daouk says:

    I remember stage dive when D’Jenks played

  14. Aaron says:

    Suprising that Caz and the Day Laborers didn’t make the list. Their 2013 album is excellent!

    • Joachim says:

      Next time either you or Caz and the Day Laborers let Reggae Steady Ska know about their album. Best practise: Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a date.

  15. tom payne says:

    Vote for the legends that are THE SELECTER and album String Theory 35 years and still touring and recording new material with enthusiasim from ska explosion of 79

  16. Lady Hatchet says:

    The Scotch Bonnets released the album Live Ya Life this year, too. Check it out here:

    http://thescotchbonnets.bandcamp.com/album/live-ya-life

    Rocksteady, always.

  17. Cronicarolla says:

    D’Jenks! Mr. Rumput ??????????

  18. Julien Laffitte says:

    Cool year!!

  19. Sophie says:

    STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO ! like there is even a debate about this

  20. Emma Chevron & family says:

    My family & I all vote for # Dilip n The Davs – Together #

  21. Axel Aguilar Perez says:

    The oldtones, neo-ska!!!

  22. michelle maloney says:

    Hey I tried to vote for Keyser Soze’s album The Remedy, but it won’t let me!!! Can you please count my vote??

  23. ella says:

    Big D all the way!

  24. boby wibisono says:

    Return Of th rootbois #2…17 great ska indonesia band

  25. abiel yusuf says:

    You must try taste of indonesia ska

  26. naomi tsani yusuf says:
  27. mr.rumput says:

    greetings from jakarta indonesia….vote D’JENKS.please listen to our sound. We just release our first full lenght album. Reach us @djenksreggae

  28. Susan Compton says:

    Just the best!

  29. Check out The Indecision ‘New Faces’, released September 2013 on Do The Dog Records.
    UK Ska / Rocksteady
    http://theindecisionband.bandcamp.com

  30. samopal says:

    Distemper !!!

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