GB (Gifted & Blessed) is the primary moniker of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, a Los Angeles-based electronic musician who works in a wide variety of styles ranging from downtempo neo-soul to deep house to ambient/new age. Inspired by advancements in technology as well as cultural traditions and spirituality, he refers to his work as "technoindigenous studies." He utilizes an extensive collection of analog synthesizers and drum machines for his live performances and recordings, and he also performs DJ sets primarily consisting of his own unreleased or rare material. He's also known for his acclaimed Gifted and Blessed Radio program on Los Angeles-based online radio station Dublab.
Reyes-Whittaker began producing music as GB during his late teens. His debut full-length, Soundtrack for Sunrise, a wild excursion into broken beat and acid jazz featuring guest appearances by Steve Spacek and Airto Moreira, was released by American label Sound in Color in 2004. Following the album's release, Reyes-Whittaker spent several years studying analog synthesis and MIDI composition. He started his own Gifted & Blessed label near the end of the decade, and released a self-titled EP under the name Julian Abelar that showcased his abstract, spiritual approach to beatmaking. He then became highly prolific, releasing more rhythmic, danceable 12" EPs as well as experimental releases such as the digital album Healing Tones: Inverted Listening. He also began releasing music under several aliases and side projects, including the Abstract Eye (on Eglo Records), the Reflektor (on Kyle Hall's Wild Oats), and the Steoples (a duo who produced a self-titled vocal-driven EP on Gifted & Blessed). In 2013, GB released his second proper full-length, Within These Machines, which focused on material created through his analog synthesizer studies. He then began another alias, Frankie Reyes, which paid tribute to his Puerto Rican heritage. In 2016, he contributed to Leaving Records' Modern New Age series with the Emotional Topography cassette. ~ Paul Simpson