The essays of our 'Dutch correspondent' Alex (the other one is The French Cut also on FNB) are very helpful when it comes to understanding how things moved on after 1970. I was honoured to be able to help where I could, but his objective take on things, coming from a different background, helped me to better understand some of the links. Of course the essays stick closely to the theme of the 'unbroken circle' of style at the heart of 'Soul Stylists'.
It is interesting as @skinny legs pointed out that there was a kind of London desert when it came to music in the early 70s. I met a couple from the NW when on holiday in Plymouth in 1973 and couldn't believe how far apart we were - they and their friends had remained soul stylists when I had embraced T Rex, Roxy Music and so on...And that despite the fact that I was a regular visitor to The Lacy Lady and such establishments.
It seems to me ( i was to young to attend 'clubs ' ) that while the North stayed playing Soul - London (with its much larger JA communities ) went head over heels into Reggae - The Skins at the Tottenham Royal had replaced the Mods with their soul and R n B .. the youth club discos i attended played everything from 60s Reggae / ska to james brown and tamala and the commercial end of Northern .. by 73 / 74 the Funk thing had caught everyones attention and a new scene built up around that generation.