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Play favorites with... Neal Becton of Som Records

Neal BectonNeal Becton shopping for records in Brazil. (Courtesy of Neal Becton)

Every Wednesday Click Track finds out what the city is listening to with Play favorites -- a weekly column where we ask a Washingtonian what's been in heavy rotation on their stereo. This week we called on Neal Becton, owner of Som Records and one of the organizers behind the D.C. Record Fair, a gigantic vinyl sales bonanza scheduled to take place at the Black Cat on Valentine's Day. Here's what Becton's been listening to in the meantime:

Natural Yogurt Band, "Space Echo"
This sounds like David Axelrod meets King Tubby. Sparse and funky. Sounds old but was released in 2008.
Click Track: Has anyone come into the store and confused David Axelrod the musician with David Axelrod the Obama advisor?
Not yet. But I'm sure it will happen.

DJ Numark and Pono with MF Doom, "Melody Remix (Up Above)"
Someone brought this into the store and being a Jurrasic 5 fan, I gave it a spin. There's a lot of cool scratching that never gets in the way of the song.

(Brazil's best, after the jump.)

The Sweet, "Set Me Free"
I recently found this album at a flea market in Jacksonville, Fla. This song makes me feel 14 again. Totally rocks. My uncle turned me on to the Sweet when I was a youngster and it still sounds fresh today.

Jorge Ben and Trio Mocoto, "Cosa Nostra"
This is a rare single-only cut from my favorite Brazilian songwriter. It's been covered a bunch... which Brazilian songs haven't? But this version is still the best. It's proof that acoustic music can still kick. You don't need electric guitars.

Bobby Williams, "Soul Brother Party" - This is a killer funk track out of Florida that I play at Marvin a lot. I found this on a house call in Columbia Heights two years ago. At first I thought Williams was just a James Brown wannabe but the more I listen to this, the more I get sucked in. So infectious!

By Chris Richards  |  January 20, 2010; 1:28 PM ET
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