I'm a big fan of soul, reggae, jazz and blues (and all variations of those genres), from the 1960's right through to current releases.

I have around 4,000 records in my collection and as still buy regularly, uploading them to Discogs is a neber ending task.

As this is meant to be my 'profile', perhaps I could share few thoughts about how I discover new music and the way this has changed over the years.

In the 70s, I heard all the music I wanted to buy in clubs. It was case of dancing to it one week and buying it the next. Often on import only labels and at great expense! I'm talking about The People's Choice - Jam Jam Jam; Philly International All Stars - Let's Clean Up the Ghetto; Blair - Night Life; Temptations - Law Of The Land and many more.

During the 80s, radio started to play a greater role. Up until then, you didn't hear anything but pop on the radio. With the exception of a bit of reggae (The Ranking Miss P on BBC Radio 1), the eclectic taste of John Peel and quite a lot of Rock. But by the early 80s Radio 1 woke up to the joys of Soul music when they aired the wonderful Robbie Vincent's 'Sound of Sunday Night' which was compulsive weekly listening. He introduced me to gems like Shirley Jones - Do You Get Enough Love; Ebo - All By Myself and Thomas & Taylor - You Can't Blame Love. By the later years of the decade, Pirate radio stations like Kiss and Choice were broadening my musical horizons on a daily basis and my tastes moved with the music. Mint Condition, Intro, Gary Taylor....they all came to me via Pirate radio.

Moving on to the new century, Kiss and Choice commercialised themselves off my radar. And Pirate radio somehow lost its sense of musical adventure. For serious listening, it's internet radio. Solar, Towerblock, Urban Jazz and most recently Back2back became the soundtrack to my evenings at home in the 2000s. More recently, the French stations FIP (both the Jazz and Reggae versions) and Meuh captured my imagination.

And then there was Likwid London. A station which I had the pleasure of being a part of from its foundation in March 2016 to its untimely demise in December 2017.

I still listen to other Internet stations and have joined a couple of Facebook music groups. In the internet age, it's never been easier to expand your musical horizons and, to me, this never-ending journey of discovery will never lose its appeal.

Past Likwid shows are available to listen to via the mixcloud link above.

And this link takes you to the fb page for a project set up with a few friends in Soulful South London (NOTE: put on ice when I moved to New York in Nov 2016):

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