DJ Neville C
Photo credits to Daryle Maciocha
EXTENDED FAMILY MIX 7: TAKE A LITTLE TRIP
Avo Haroutiounia - Tears On My Eyes
Abu Hafla Orchestra - All Night Long
Kuchh Gadbadhai - Chuk Chuk Gadi Chali
Rheingold - Dreiklangsdimensionen
Bozambo - Africa
Kio Amachree - Hot Black 'N' Sweet
Willy Chirino - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
Emilio Santiago - Vida Mare
Raffaella - Soy Negra
Jovino - Bo Ta Cool
Orchester Ambros Sellos - Mabusso
Apache - Liberate
Nonato e Seu Conjunto - De Nana
Orlando Julius - Ishe
Sunshine Sisters of Africa - How Did You Wake Up
Mu - Stream
Conjunto Baluartes - Nira Gongo
Jimmy Salcedo y su Onda 3 - Vete Pronta Ya
There are five used record stores within the city limits of Washington DC: Crooked Beat, Red Onion, Joint Custody, Smash and Som. They all have their own specialties (I personally love visiting Joint Custody specifically for their hip hop section; Crooked Beat is great for those seeking rock and alternative styles). Som Records carries many genres but specializes in international (Brazilian, African, etc.) and dance (funk, soul, disco, electronic).
DJ Neville C, otherwise known as Neal Becton, owns Som Records. With the encouragement of his friends, who couldn't help but comment on his steadily overflowing record collection, Becton opened the shop back in 2005. He grew up in Atlanta and can still recall the first record he ever purchased ("Fragile" by Yes in 1975). He dove heavily into rock, country, and blues LP's and had already amassed a large collection by the time he arrived as a freshman at the University of Georgia in the early 80's. Athens, GA, is a musical hotbed. It was there that Becton developed a taste for jazz, soul, punk and international music. After college, Becton moved through London, Amsterdam, Cleveland, and eventually DC - adding more and more records along the way. By the time Som Records opened it's doors, he had over 10,000 LPs.
As is common with those who hold music close to their hearts, Becton can recall certain records that changed him. He notes that "Beleze Tropica" by David Byrne, a Brazilian compilation which Becton dug up in 1988, instantly fueled his passion for Brazilian music. Becton immediately began to scour "World" sections in record stores and flea markets seeking obscure samba records. He now has at least 1,500 Brazilian records alone; its an interminable search.
Becton continues to offer a refuge for wax enthusiasts in Washington DC. His passion for international and dance music allows others a place to feed their own curiosities and musical intellect.
Becton has dug into music from all over the globe. On "Take A Little Trip", he offers a small slice of his own journey through the world's record bins and flea markets. This disco filled mix is best heard outdoors next to a roaring BBQ - perfect for the summer months.
You can visit Som Records at 1843 14th Street NW, Washington DC in the basement.