The Illicit Grooves 2018 Poll Longlist Revealed

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we at The Return of the Illicit Groove look back over the musical year and select the Grooves For The Global Leftfield #g4gl which have made an impression on us in 2018.

To qualify for the categories of Best Album, Best Track, Best Re-Issue and Best Compilation in the Illicit Grooves Poll the respective nominees must be music released between 25/11/2017 and 24/11/2018 and has been played on The Illicit Grooves Radio Show  in that same period.

So feast your eyes on the longlist below and then read on to find out how you can select the eventual winners in each category as readers of The Return of The Illicit Groove and listeners of The Illicit Grooves Radio Show.

Album of the Year

Listeners’ Poll 2018

Cuong Vu 4Tet

Change In The Air (Rare Noise Records)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Black Times (Strut Records)

Sons of Kemet

Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse Records)

Toshio Matsuura Group

Love Play Dance (Brownswood)

Azhaar & Global Wave

Original Love (Far productions)

Kamasi Washington

Heaven & Earth (Young Turks)

Chip Wickham

Shamal Wind (Lovemonk)

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids

An Angel Fell (Strut Records)

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy

Let Your Light Shine On (MPS Record)


The Shakedown (22A)


There Is A Place (Brownswood)

Joe Armon-Jones

Starting Today (Brownswood)

Auntie Flo

Radio Highlife (Brownswood)

Moses Boyd

Displaced Diaspora (Exodus Records)

The Gondwana Orchestra Feat. Dwight Trible

Colors (Gondwana Records)


Welcome To This World (Afrosynth Records)

Sean Khan

Palmares Fantasy (Far Out Recordings)


Compilation of the Year

Listeners’ Poll 2018

Martin Freeman & Eddie Pillar present Jazz On The Corner

Acid Jazz Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller

Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion

Z Records  Colin Curtis

J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984

BBE Music Tony Higgins & Mike Peden

We Out Here

Brownswood Recordings Shabaka Hutchings

Spiritual Jazz 8: Modal, Esoteric & Ethereal Jazz From Japan 1961-1983 Parts 1 & 2

Jazzman Records Gerald short & Yusuke Ogawa

World Jazz Grooves

BBE Music Jean-Claude & Victor Kiswell

Grooveland Deep House vol 1

Grooveland Edson Edground

A New Life Vol 2

Jazzman Records Francis Gooding & Duncan Brooker

50 Years of MPS

MPS Records

Marcel Vogel’s Lumberjacks in Hell

BBE Music  Marcel Vogel

Venezuela 70 Volume 2

Soul Jazz Records

Serge Gamesbourg presents Boston Goes Disco

BBE Music Serge Gamesbourg

Havana Cultura Subelo Cuba

Brownswood Recordings Gilles Peterson

Soul of A Nation Vol. II Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher

Soul Jazz Records


Re-Issue of the Year

Listeners’ Poll 2018

Leon’s Creation

This Is The Beginning (Acid Jazz)


Brasil (SoulJazz Records)

Ryo Fukui

Scenery (We Release Jazz)

Harold Vick

Don’t Look Back (Pure Pleasure Recordings)

Jesse Sharps and PAPA

Sharps & Flats (Outernational)

Charles Mingus

Strata Concert (180-Proof & BBE Music)*

John Coletrane

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album* (Impulse Records)

Marcus Valle

Nova Bossa Nova (Far Out Recordings

Chris Bowden

Time Capsule (Soul Jazz Records)

Itibere Orqustra Familia

Pedro Do Espia (Far Out Recordings)

Os Cadetraticos (Eumir Deodato)

Ataque (Far Out Recordings)

Koichi Matsukaze Trio

Earth Mother (BBE Music)

Ralph Thomas

Eastern Standard Time (BBE Music)

Tohru Aizawa Quartet

Tachibana (BBE Muisc)

Takeo Moriyama

East Plants (BBE Music)

Craetive Arts Ensemble

One Step Out (Outernational Sounds)

*Although not strictly re-Issues the nature of the Mingus and Coletrane albums mean they fit best in this category


Track of the Year

Listeners’ Poll 2018

Nubya Garcia

When We Are

Sons of Kemet

My Queen is Harriet Tubman

Toshio Matsuura Group


Azhaar & Global Wave

Original Love

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids

Warrior Dance

Chip Wickham

Snake Eyes

Joe Armon-Jones

Starting Today

Born74 feat. Arema Arega

Blue Bossa My Feeling

Jessica Lauren


Cuong Vu 4Tet

Must Concentrate

Mfa Kera & Black Heritage

Humans Humans!



1000 Kings

The Drop

Sons of Kemet

My Queen Is Ada Eastman


Eaglehurst/The Palace


How You Can Choose The Winners For The 2018 Illicit Grooves Poll

The categories will be boiled down to shortlists.  This whittling down process is where we welcome a selection panel to add its expertise.  The panel, comprised of five DJs, radio show hosts, journalists, music executives and producers will be announced in December.

The shortlist will be announced on Friday the 7th of December 2018 at 6pm (GMT) with a special edition of The Illicit Grooves Radio Show broadcast on the same night at 11pm on Starpoint Radio.

You, the Illicit Grooves audience, listeners and readers will then be able to select your favourite in each category in a public vote which will run from the 7th of December until the 18th of January 2019.

The results will be announced on Friday the 25th of January at 6pm (GMT) on all the Illicit Grooves social media channels and a special poll winners show that night on Starpoint Radio.

Take a look at the results of the 2017 poll here.

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