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Jon Doe, Bashment Soca (LargeUp Mix Series. Vol. 5)

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Bashment Soca — a raw hybrid of old-school dancehall and new-school soca indigenous to Barbados — took over waists and Carnivals around the region this summer and fall, thanks to tracks like Marzville’s “Bang Bim” and Stiffy’s “Tek Off Something.” Though new to some, Bashment Soca has been bubbling up in Barbados for years. After spending some time on the island this summer for our Music of Barbados series, we hit up Bajan DJ legend Jon Doe to put the Bashment ting in context. He delivered, and then some, with one of the hardest-hitting soca mixtapes we’ve ever heard, stacked full of dubplates, specials and Bajan baddddness. Read more about Bashment Soca in our feature on the genre here. — Jesse Serwer