Motown Legend Smokey Robinson, 83, Releases “Gasms,” His Sexiest Album Yet

Smokey Robinson — seen here during the 2015 BET Awards — is generating plenty of buzz with his new album 'Gasms.' Photo: Michael Rowe/BET/Getty Images for BET

Motown legend Smokey Robinson’s latest album lands today, but we might have to wait until a little later in the evening before it starts trending on Spotify and other major streaming platforms.

The record, titled Gasms, sees the 83-year-old musician explore unchartered territory — both professionally and as an octogenarian entertainer — with a collection of steamy bedroom songs, including “Roll Around,” “I Wanna Know Your Body,” and “I Fit In There.”

Speaking with the Associated Press, Robinson admitted that it was likely his “most blatantly sexy collection.”

“My thoughts on it is that you can put it on and be with the person that you want to be with and just kick back and enjoy each other,” he tells AP. “It’s more of the idea of love.”

The album features songs written years ago, including “I Keep Calling You,” which was inspired by his early relationship with his wife, whom he married more than 20 years ago.

“When we first started started seeing each other, she wanted to keep it on the down-low. She didn’t want anybody to know because we were friends. And then all our friends were going to be talking about us,” Robinson explained.

The covert, yet intimate relationship is captured in the lyrics with mentions of “Private touches goin’ unseen.”

Meanwhile, newly penned songs on the record are far more frisky. They include the title track, in which he sings “You give me gasms” — “eyegasms and eargasms,” while the aforementioned song “I Fit in There,” leaves little to the imagination with the lyric, “If you’ve got an inner vacancy/Baby then make it a place for me.”

Producer, engineer and mixer J.J. Blair, who has worked with a variety of artists, including June Carter Cash, Rod Stewart and P. Diddy and mixed half of Gasms, says much care went into the album.

“I’d make a mix for him and he’d drive around listening to it for two weeks, and he’d call me up and want to come to change two words,” Blair tells AP. “It’s just so encouraging to see somebody of that stature and in that pantheon of greats really care still.”

Blair also says fans can expect the same Robinson who delivered classics like “My Girl,” “The Tracks of My Tears” and “I Second That Emotion,” aside from the general steaminess of his new offering, of course.

“I think we’re just not used to octogenarians throwing that at us, but Nicki Minaj can come out and say whatever she’s going to say — we don’t think twice about it? I don’t know,” he says of an ageist double standard that exists not only in music, but also regarding discussions around sex in general.

Meanwhile, Robinson says this of the bedroom anthems:

“I consider all the songs to be food for thought. You can take them wherever you want to take them,” he says. “Whatever your thought pattern is for any of those titles that’s really what I want them to be. I want them to be food for thought.”

Something tells us most thought patterns are going straight to the whip cream and strawberries.


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