Encompassing celebrated artists such as George Clinton, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis and many more, star-studded funk collective Smudge All Stars have recently released their debut self-titled album, which came out late November via Pegdoll Records. Smudge All Stars is Richie Stevens’ audio intelligence collective and son of the late John Stevens, a pioneer of British free jazz. Richie spoke with The Fountain about what we can look forward to from the supergroup and the new music.

TF: You have a new album out, what can we expect from the Smudge All Stars?

We promise to deliver jams made from love and create a live incarnation of the analogue intelligence network.

TF: How was it working with George Clinton and Lee Scratch Perry on this album?

George Clinton, Lee Perry and Dennis Bovell are US, Jamaica and UK reflections of each other, in my opinion, working with them was a dream come true.

TF: What inspired the name Smudge All Stars?

A blending and blurring of genre and culture with an all star cast.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

Beginning to nurture Smudge 2, planting, watering and waiting for it to bloom in the spring.