La Rumba x We Out Here: Commodo, UDAYA, Raze Sound System
£5.00 – £15.00
Fri 28 April 2023 / 11:00pm – 5am ========================
Gwil b2b J-De
Knotwork b2b Zubz
La Rumba and We Out Here Festival join forces in Sheffield once again this April with a stacked lineup that blends international club and sound system culture whilst shining a spotlight on Sheffield’s local scene in one of the city’s best grassroots venues.
We are thrilled to welcome one of the UK’s biggest dub reggae crews, Channel One, to La Rumba this April. The formidable duo features the selector Mikey Dread and MC Ras Kayleb, who play a unique selection of conscious reggae, exclusive dub plates and uplifting steppas. Channel One’s mission is “to break down barriers via reggae music” which has been achieved by playing to new audiences around the world. Notable highlights include winning the Redbull Culture Clash and taking reggae music worldwide on international tours alongside the likes of Major Lazer, Metalheadz, Boy Better Know, and curating lineups that feature everyone from Congo Natty to Mad Professor.
Next up, we have one of Sheffield’s most highly acclaimed artists responsible for spearheading the UK’s Dubstep movement and its many contemporary sub-genres which followed. An artist with minimal online presence and who keeps himself to himself, Commodo is one of an increasingly rare few who make waves through the strength of their music alone. He builds bass-focussed beats with soul and substance that never perpetuate a formula, distancing himself from contemporaries with ingenious sampling and sound design influenced by his long-time affinity with the vibrancy of hiphop. Regardless of whether it’s the tough, dread-pressurised bassweight of his dancefloor-leaning productions or the tonally rich and immersive qualities of his more cerebral work, his scrupulous studio techniques are evidenced by the resounding freshness and longevity of his tracks both new and old. His inherently unique and accomplished production style earned him recognition right from the outset of his ascendancy and garnered early attention from a host of key figures within the dubstep community; finding a natural home for his music at the bastion of low frequency excellence, Deep Medi Musik.
Thirdly, we have La Rumba firm favourite and regular WOH guest, SNO, joining us after a history of eclectic performances in Sheffield and at the festival. SNO is a true party starter and selector flying the flag for South Africa, sharing hidden gems and modern classics from across the African continent. She’s one of the most exciting DJs around at the moment and absolutely killing it with regular appearances on NTS radio, at Beathearder, Keep it Unreal, Houghton, Dimensions, and We Out Here.
Completing the bill we have a Sheffield all-star lineup with our good friends at Dub Shack providing a heavyweight future dub workout in the main room, and UDAYA on a room takeover with a Sheffield all-star with Alis, Son Of, Knotwork b2b Zubz, Gwil b2b J-De, and Commodo.
Both rooms powered by Sheffield’s own Raze Sound System for La Rumba’s debut show at Dryad Works