Xodus has the Remedy - Ready to claim ‘baddest band’ title
With just over two months to go before the highly anticipated Carnival Road March, the competition is on to see who will be the ‘baddest band’ on the road this year. As the soca fever steadily creeps to its climax, the Xodus band showed they are in strong contention for the title. Delivering on their promise of a high dose of soca energy, the band showed up and ‘showed out’ at their annual Xodus Remedy event on Saturday night.
Held at Epican Jamaica on Constant Spring Road, the event was exactly what the doctor ordered ,and soca lovers wasted no time getting high off the ultimate prescription of lyme and féte. Caught up in the musical stylings of deejays King Taj and Lantern, patrons were ‘wuking up a storm’ inside the tightly packed space. Sweat could be seen dripping from some faces as they soaked in every bit of the fun with their ‘famalay’. Speaking of which, the crowd could not get enough of the Bunji Garlin, Skinny Fabulous and Machel Mantano collab. Every time the song’s intro came on, patrons let out ear-shattering screams as they drew closer to their friends, readying themselves to ‘get on bad’.
The intimate setting also allowed for men to ‘tief a whine’ from female patrons who were open to having a good time. Blaxx’s Hulk, Skinny Fabulous’ Worst Behaviour, Shal Marshall’s Splinter were particular crowd favourites, so much so that they were repeated by both deejays in their respective sets. Gunman in She Hole also got huge ‘forwards’ as patrons conducted a singalong to the infamous track.
Of course, it would not be a soca party in Jamaica if the night’s selections did not include a few dancehall tracks. Just when one thought the energy levels could not go any higher, those limits were pushed as the deejays juggled some of the hottest dancehall songs. Skillibeng’s Brick Pon Brick, Vybz Kartel’s Any Weather and Underwater, plus Ace Gawd’s Backaz Inna Mark X were just a few of the selections the deejays drew on during the dancehall segment. If Xodus Remedy is anything to go by, the band will definitely be making its mark on the road come April, and one would be silly to count them out of the race for the title of ‘biggest, baddest band’.