Encompassing celebrated artists such as George Clinton, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis and many more, star-studded funk collective Smudge All Stars are back with their second single release ‘Brutal Funk’, taken from their forthcoming debut self-titled album out late November via Pegdoll Records.
Smudge All Stars is Richie Stevens‘ audio intelligence collective. Richie is the son of the late John Stevens, a pioneer of British free jazz, and a gifted drummer, percussionist and producer in his own right. His talents have found him in constant demand, working with everyone from Horace Andy and Joss Stone to Boy George and Damon Albarn. Now, with Smudge All Stars, Richie leads a funk/soul ensemble that draws on his friendships with many leading black British, Jamaican and US musicians.
‘Brutal Funk’ is a rousing psychedelic funk workout that encompasses a delicious groove cooked up with Jamiroquai member DJ D-Zire and the powerful vocals of British soul singer Mary Pearce.
Richie Stevens: “Whilst chatting with Dr Funkenstein himself, it seemed relevant to ask ‘what is the funk?’ seeing as I would finally get a reliable answer. The Dr said ‘when you’ve given all you’ve got and you reach really deep to find the very last drop…….that’s the funk!’ So Brutal Funk is the intro to the journey. A celebration of that most elusive genre – FUNK!”
The single follows the collective’s highly praised debut release ‘Our Lives’ – out earlier this year – which featured reggae and dub legends Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Earl Sixteen and Dennis Bovell and married funk and reggae’s vintage relationship. Both tracks are highlights taken from the collective’s debut self-titled 10-track album – out late November – which spans a deep multitude of genres, all compiling into one neatly folded funk record. Other artists featured include: Pee Wee Ellis, Camelle Hinds, Charlotte Kelly, Dr Mouthquake, Fred Wesley, George Clinton, James Gardiner Bateman, JC 001, Mitt Gamon, Niara Scarlett and Omar.
Smudge All Star’s second single, ‘Brutal Funk’ is out now and their debut self-titled album from 27thNovember, both via Pegdoll Records.