Premiere: Smudge All Stars release new single ‘Brutal Funk’

Smudge All Stars is the project of Richie Stevens, son of the late British Free Jazz pioneer John Stevens, and his collective’s new single is ‘Brutal Funk’, featuring Jamiroquai’s DJ D-Zire and British soul singer Mary Pearce, and we’re delighted to premiere it right here on Backseat Mafia today.

A celebrated drummer, percussionist and producer in his own right who has worked with everyone from Horace Andy to Joss Stone, Boy George and Damon Albarn, Stevens says of the single: “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 Doctor 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!” 

Brutal Funk, while not exactly brutal in nature, is certainly hard-edged with layered, squelchy synths and popping basslines as well as this heavy drum beat. Over the top are these melodies that drip deep-fried funk, with Pearce’s soulful pipes leading the way in a P-funk singalong way.

Outstanding stuff. Check it out, here:

Smudge All Star’s second single, ‘Brutal Funk’ will be available from 30th October and their debut self-titled album from 27th November, both via Pegdoll Records.  

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