Shakeyface, or Doug Smiley to his Brooklyn brethren, is a man with musical knowledge by the bucket load. With a long and successful career on the distribution side, Smiley continues to pursue his own beat-making career in the heart of hip hop country. His Puddle Jumping During A Monsoon mini-LP was picked up by Quatermass, a Belgian label that has also released interesting electronic music from artists such as
Andrea Parker, Bill Laswell, and Scanner. The album knits strands of dub, reggae, soul, and jazz into a warm wooly hip hop hoody, with a big B for Brooklyn on the back. With beats reminiscent of DJ Shadow and programming akin to Nightmares On Wax, Mr. Shakey could be abstract hip hop's next big thing.
Puddle Jumping During A Monsoon