Pablo Gordy is a musician/producer from the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, he writes, plays and sings all parts on his solo recordings fusing genres and styles from Funk, R&B, Blues, Rock, Latin Jazz and Electronic. Gordy released his first full-length solo album “Do You Know Louis?” in 2011. His second full length effort, "Mr. Slim and His Lost Souls" was released in 2012. Both records touched on various influences and were entirely composed and performed by Gordy.
Gordy also collaborated with songwriter/multi-instumentalist Nino Arobelidze forming a group named "Forbidden Knowledge" which released the 2012 album "Urbanismz". With a more Jazz influenced approach to funky riffs, Gordy and Arobelidze have also released singles and continue to record together.
Gordy is currently working on his third solo album "Naked Originators Union Local 917". It is scheduled for release on Ni Fu Ni Fa Records in 2014.
Pablo Gordy's second album, "Mr. Slim and His Lost Souls" is a sonic journey through various genres using an overtly urban backdrop for its subjects. The first time I put the album on and listened to "Start", I was taken in by its infectious beat and by the guitar layering. The title track took me back to the days of Soul music booming out of stores and front porches. The third track, "Act Like You Know Me" made me beg the question - When did Prince have a love child with Pink Floyd (this may seem like an unfair comparison for an unknown artist, but when you listen to that song, you'll know what I mean)? By the time I got to "The Radio on the Playground (Carlos' Blues)", I was convinced I was listening to a unique artist who painstakingly put together tracks while keeping the sheer joy of making music. And the jams kept rolling after that.
The album itself is demanding of the listener. This is not an album that is easy to listen to in one sitting because there is so much to digest. That being said, Gordy's seemingly easy command of all the instruments he played struck me as impressive if only because the commitment to the full vibe of the record was never compromised for the sake of showing off. It appeared to me, upon first listening to it in its entirety, everything on the record had a purpose. This isn't a pop album full of hooks, even though there are plenty of hooks that stay in your head days after hearing them. Make no mistake about it, "Mr. Slim and His Lost Souls" at its core is a Funk and R&B record, but this album is also more of a tribute to influences, funk from the '70's and '80's, soul and rock from the '60's, old school latin jazz. The last tune on the record, "Boxes", mixes acoustic Rock with a soulful touch, but somehow holds on to the sound of the entire record. Maybe that's the best way to describe it. Somehow, Gordy made this work. The album reminds me of things I would buy as a young lad on vinyl and listen to it over and over again. - Paul Richards
Pablo Gordy's third solo album
Pablo Gordy is in the studio recording his third solo album, entitled "Naked Originators Union Local 917", due out in 2014.