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Brass ‘balls’: Smoota launches saucy second album

Back with a bang: Smoota will make a tantalizing return with his 1970s-inspired sophomore record “Pheromones,” launching at Union Pool on Nov. 2.
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This trombonist has made some horny music!

Bedford-Stuyvesant musician Smoota will unveil his saucy sophomore album “Pheromones” at a launch party at Union Pool on Nov. 2. The trombonist, singer, and producer, whose civilian name is Dave Smith, has already teased his fans with two singles from the raunchy record, including “Ballbuster,” a romantic ballad in the vein of 1970s soul — think Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On” with dashes of discipline and bondage. Smoota, who has fleshed out a libertine persona since his 2013 album “Fetishes,” says that he wants to update vintage grooves with the wide spectrum of 21st century sexuality.

“My heart lies with the 1970s soul music. I’m not trying to imitate that, but that’s where my heart is, the very sensual and lush sounds,” said Smoota. “But a lot of that old 1970s soul presents relationships in a very simple way, and I feel like we’ve come a long way where storytelling can be a bit more unconventi­onal.”

That unconventional nature is on display in the “Ballbuster” music video, which stars Smoota and his friend Kills To Kisses — who was eight months pregnant at the time of filming — as a sadomasochistic couple. It features Smoota frying eggs for breakfast, being whipped, and having melted candle wax poured on this chest — but in a loving way. Smoota said that he wanted to portray a fetish-based relationship in a way rarely seen in mainstream culture.

“I like to throw the most typical love conventions away, that typical Hollywood relationship where the man and woman have to be a certain way, and in real life that rarely is the situation,” Smoota said.

The nine songs on the upcoming album will run the gamut of sex and relationships, according to Smoota.

The record will also be a sonic leap in quality from his lo-fi debut album, said Smoota — with added backup singers, violins, and a more clean production to the mix.

Smoota will play solo at the release party, but he has toured with the indie rock band TV on the Radio, also plays with the band on the television talent program “The Gong Show,” a remake of the 1970s classic show, which lets him jam with his friends and channel his groovy aesthetic.

“It’s the perfect TV music job because I get to be in a band with my good friends, and the 1970s throwback definitely suits my taste,” he said.

For the launch party, he will be joined by three other acts, including William Butler, Superhuman Happiness, and Hearing Things.

Smoota at Union Pool [484 Union Ave. at Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 609–0484, www.union-pool.com]. Nov. 2 at 7 pm, Smoota’s set starts at 10 pm. $20.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 9:23 am, October 23, 2018
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