There’s something about the rhythms of salsa that automatically brings summer to mind – or more precisely the sounds of the streets of Corona, Queens during the summer, as you’d hear salsa being played from car stereos and during sweaty house parties …

And although it’s not summer yet, there’s something of summer in the air today, and it makes “La Via” off Bio Ritmo’s forthcoming album, Puerta Del Sur, which is slated for a June 24 release through Vampisoul Records,  seem absolutely perfect.

As for the band themselves, over the last two decades, Bio Ritmo have developed a reputation for experimentation and stubbornly refusing to be pigeonholed, as they’ve employed the use of synths, and released albums on a number of labels including Merge, Fat Beats, Electric Cowbell – or by themselves. And they’ve cited Stereolab, Brazilian psychedelic music, Ray Barretto, Roberto Roena, Fania Records and others as influences. So naturally, you do hear something of classic salsa in their sound but it does possess subtle nods to psychedelia and other things – while still being funky. 

 

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