Over the last two decades, the Richmond, VA-based salsa act Bio Ritmo have developed a reputation for experimentation and stubbornly refusing to be pigeonholed, as they’ve employed the use of synths, along with traditional salsa instrumentation, and released albums on a number of labels including Merge, Fat BeatsElectric Cowbell — or by themselves. They’ve also cited Stereolab, Brazilian psychedelic music, Ray Barretto,Roberto RoenaFania 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. 

“Se Les Olivido” is the latest single off the band’s forthcoming Puerta del Sur and like the album’s previous single, its sound reminds me so much of the streets of Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing; of the sounds of percussion and horns coming out of open windows and cars on hot summer nights; and of wild dance parties in small, sweaty apartments in Brooklyn and in Queens.