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)
A – Z | Click on name to see detailed voting.
Author of seven books on ska. You can get them at skabook.com.
author at Reggae Steady Ska, saxofonist at Some Ska Band
The Hotknives fan page on Facebook.
Michal Antoni Budzik
of Rude Maker online magazine: rudemaker.com (in Polish and English)
of Freedom Sounds Festival
of “L’Accademia della CruSKA” radio show
Ska activist, bassist in The Sentries (Canada)
Shacka Ruthless of Rudy Hour podcast
of Do The Dog magazine
of Reduit Ska Festivals (Mainz, Germany)
DJ Ska N Mash
journalist for Billboard magazine, L.A. Weekly and others
of Rudemaker magazine
of Buttondown Radio, UK
author of skabadip.it and singer at The Smarts
of Supernova Ska Festival
organiser of Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival
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
writer at The Northern Echo, promoter at Backdoor Promotions, singer at The G-Men
a.k.a. Marco On The Bass
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
ska fan from Indonesia, very active on social media, well informed