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Album Of The Year 2019 – Jury Voting Results

Martin Pressling

of Buttondown Radio, UK

Ranked from best = 1 descending to 50 (and even that was great!)

1 The Beat – Public Confidential
Just a stunning to follow up to Bounce. Forever in our hearts since the passing of Roger
2 The Aggrolites – Reggae Now
A true return to form. Outrageously dirty reggae.
3 The Downsetters – Chainsaw Lullabies
Waited such a long time to hear this and it is massive. A 2-Tone sound for a new era
4
Rocksteady Conspiracy, The
Rough&Sweet
Our most played album of the year. Incredibly infectious vibes.
5
Soul Chance, The
The Soul Chance
Beautiful, beautiful sounds. Soulful voice over a rocksteady roll to die for.
6
Dualers, The
Palm Trees and 80 Degrees
Solid work from the South London boys.
7
Prizefighters, The
Firewalk
Very exciting upbeat skanker.
8
Simmertones, The
Ten Feet Tall
Excellent Devon based group. So tight live and this comes across in this release.
9
Babylove & The Van Dangos
The Golden Cage
Our best 13 weeks of the year waiting for each video to come out and it did not disappoint.
10
Indecision, The
Give It Up!
Awesome swinging rocksteady. Find of the year
11
Tommy Tornado & The Clerks
Back On Track
Stumbled across these guys on Bandcamp – what a sound!
12
Death Of Guitar Pop
In Over Our Heads
Great follow up to 69 Candy Street, showing a maturity
13
Marshall, Gary
The Awakening
Great to hear The Hotknives star again
14
Red Soul Community
Holidays In The City

15
New York Ska Jazz Ensemble
Break Thru

16
Bandulus, The
Love A Woman

17
Los Placebos
Rock Steady Rollercoaster

18
Mark Foggo’s Skasters
Ska Pig Returns

19
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Tokyo Ska-Lorful Collage

20
Ellis, Roy & The Transsylvanians
Allmighty Ska

21
King Kong IV
Do The Jerk Or Do The Monkey

22
Busters, The
The Busters

23
Los Barrelshots
Reggae Volcano

24
King Zepha
Northern Sound

25
Bruce Lee Band, The
Rental!! Eviction!!

26
Skints, The
Swimming Lessons

27
Eastern Standard Time
Time For Change

28
Masons Arms
Von Vorn

29
Planet Smashers, The
Too Much Information

30
Specials, The
Encore

31
Los Aggrotones
Right Now

32
Clockmakers, The
Good News

33
Catbite
Catbite

34
Abruptors, The
Love & Other Disasters

35
Phoenix City All-stars
Clash Version Rockers

36
Scotch Bonnets, The
Come On Over

37
Prince Fatty
In The Viper’s Shadow

38
Romeo, Max
Words From The Brave

39
Capell, Emily
Combat Frock

40
Osmosis Unlimited
Music For Cool Cats

41
Last Poets, The with Prince Fatty
Understand What Dub Is.

42
Los Chicklets
Hasta El Ultimo Dia

43
Lollypop Lorry
Live At Octopus

44
Los Apartamentos
Water Di Garden

45
North East Ska-Jazz Orchestra
same

46
Tempranos
Simple Y Facil

47
Inna De Yard
Inna De Yard

48
Los Beretta
Vamos Saliendo Chic@s

49
Void Union, The
Return Of The Super Vape

50
Gravelites
7 Deadly Skank

About Martin Pressling

I am Martin Pressling and I own, operate and enjoy Button Down Radio Button Down Radio Ska & Northern Soul playing ska and Northern Soul since 2016. Born in 1969 in England, my formative years were spent in the 2-Tone era and this has spawned an obsession. 2019 has been a monster year for ska as this list stands testament to.

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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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