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Album Of The Year 2019 – Jury Voting Results

The Results

Here are the results of the jury voting for “The Album Of The Year 2019” at Reggae Steady Ska.

And the winner is “Reggae Now” by The Aggrolites.

It was really close between The Aggrolites and The Beat. And The Specials went in on no. 3.

We want to thank all the jurors for taking the time to do this. Please make sure to go to the jurors’ pages that are linked under their names. Many have written really great texts accompanying their votes. Their job was just to vote their three favourites. But they did so much more. Thanks to Heather Augustyn, Charles Benoit, Derek Bowyer, Michal Antoni Budzik, Peter Clemm, Dario TS, Darren Drouin, Daniel Flores, Hermann Junglas, Peter Lacey, Jessica Lipsky, Magdalena Miszewska, Martin Pressling, Sergio Rallo, Tim Receveur, Steve Shafer, Paul Stripe, Georg von Ungern-Sternberg, James Volpe, Christopher Wardell, Marc Wasserman, Florian Weinknecht, Paul Willo, Mochammad Yasser.

This is how we counted the jurors’ votes. Each no 1 received 3 points, no 2 received 2 points, no 3 received 1 point.

But what we at Reggae Steady Ska found most striking was how many of the 75 albums on the list appeared in at least one of the jurors’ top 3s: there were close to 40. Which tells me, there are a whole lot of great albums out there. Thanks go out not only to the artists, but also to the record labels for providing us with such an amount of the music we love. Jump Up Records alone released 18 albums in the last year. More came from Liquidator Music, Brixton Records, Asian Man, Happy People Records, Magnetic Loft, Pork Pie, Grover, Stomp Records, Sunny Bastards. Please do support them!

And now to a wonderful 2020!

1 The Aggrolites – Reggae Now (Pirates Press) (19)
2 The Beat – Public Confidential (DMF Records) (18)
3 The Specials – Encore (Universal) (12)
4 King Zepha – Northern Sound (Happy People) (9)
5 Babylove & TVD – The Golden Cage (self)  (7,5) 
6 The Dualers – Palm Trees .. (Sunbeat Records) (7)
7 The Prizefighters  – Firewalk (Jump Up Records) (6)
8 Gary Marshall – The Awakening (Sunny Bastards) (5)


Detailed Jury Voting Results.

The Jury

A – Z | Click on name to see detailed voting.

Heather Augustyn
Author of seven books on ska. You can get them at skabook.com.

Charles Benoit
author at Reggae Steady Ska, saxofonist at Some Ska Band

Derek Bowyer
The Hotknives fan page on Facebook.

Michal Antoni Budzik
of Rude Maker online magazine: rudemaker.com (in Polish and English)

Peter Clemm
of Freedom Sounds Festival

Dario TS
of “L’Accademia della CruSKA” radio show

Darren Drouin
Ska activist, bassist in The Sentries (Canada)

Daniel Flores
Shacka Ruthless of Rudy Hour podcast

Kevin Flowerdew
of Do The Dog magazine

Hermann Junglas
of Reduit Ska Festivals (Mainz, Germany)

Peter Lacey
DJ Ska N Mash

Jessica Lipsky
journalist for Billboard magazine, L.A. Weekly and others

Magdalena Miszewska
of Rudemaker magazine

Martin Pressling
of Buttondown Radio, UK

Sergio Rallo
author of skabadip.it and singer at The Smarts

Tim Receveur
of Supernova Ska Festival

Steve Shafer

Paul Stripe
organiser of Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival

Joachim Uerschels
founder of Reggae Steady Ska, singer songwriter at The Braces, Joe Scholes, percussionist at Los Apartamentos

Georg v. Ungern-Sternberg
writer at Irieites, and DJ Dr. Till for Red Baron Soundsystem

James Volpe – The Ska Geek
Of The Ska Geek podcast

Christopher Wardell
writer at The Northern Echo, promoter at Backdoor Promotions, singer at The G-Men

Marc Wasserman
a.k.a. Marco On The Bass

Florian Weinknecht
Germany’s premiere ska activist with 100s of shows under his belt

Paul Williams a.k.a Willo
organiser of the Specialized compilations that help raise for the Teenage Cancer Trust, singer with The Skapones

Mochammad Yasser
ska fan from Indonesia, very active on social media, well informed


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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. In 2016, he published his solo debut album "Songbook Vol. II" as Joe ScholesJoe Scholes
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