Trans Phatt Records was launched in 2009 with a 15 track progressive soul various artist compilation titled ‘Astral22 Presents… Imperial’ which reached Top Seller Status on CD Baby, #1 for 12 weeks on London’s Starpoint Radio Soul Chart, and Top 5 for 8 weeks on UK’s Solar Radio Soul Chart and received International press and airplay.
Set for 2015 release ‘Open Source Love’ by Astral22 is a 15 track instrumental project exploring the relationship between electronica, soul, deep house, bossa, and lounge. The first single from this full length is titled ‘It Will Always Be’ – Astral22.

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It Will Always Be – Astral22

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Quem gosta de boa música, não pode perder o Soul do Astral22

2015 full length release from Astral22 will feature a unique blend of Electronic – Soul – Bossa – Soulful House – Lounge. Stay locked : )

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Astral22 Presents… Imperial (Progressive Soul Collection Vol. 1)

CD & DIGITAL Worldwide Release – Available Now

Astral22 delivers a solid first ever various artist compilation release titled “Astral22 Presents…IMPERIAL”. IMPERIAL features a quality line-up of hand picked emerging and established independent soul talent.  This spirited soulful “smooth”, “feel good” production showcases Astral22’s collaborations & re-works. The focus here is on the music, lyrical content, and this producer’s signature blend of Classic /Nu Soul; Jazz, Funk and Blues. Expect an assortment of jazzy melodic lush mid-tempo grooves, sophisticated funky up tempo bubblers, and the bluesy slow jams with which this producer is gaining prominence.  Astral22’s inspiration and enthusiasm for the genre and artists represented here comes to fruition in this homage to the burgeoning Global Independent Soul Movement.

Trans Phatt Records debut compilation release titled “Astral22 Presents… Imperial” topped the charts and stayed at #1 on Starpoint Radio for 4 weeks, reached #4 on Solar Radio’s Sweet Rhythms Chart, received Top Seller Status on CD Baby, and was featured as the #1 Compilation Of The Year 2009 by Soul Brother Records, London.

Available at:  cdbaby, iTunes US, iTunes UK, amazon US, amazon UK, emusic

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Astral22 – The Instrumentals (Vol. 1)

Available for the first time exclusively on Bandcamp, Astral22 has compiled Volume 1 of never before released instrumental tracks, taken from the studio sessions of various single release projects and his full length various artist CD Imperial.

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It’s On Tonight (Astral22 First Class Remix) – LeNora Jaye

Brand New Remix Single Release – LeNora Jaye

*OUT NOW* on iTunes Worldwide, Amazon MP3, Emusic, CD Baby, and more.

First class seat…fly with me

Day to night…feeling right

Let’s get this poppin’

There ain’t no stoppin’

It’s On Tonight (Astral22 First Class Remix)” – LeNora Jaye Producer/remixer Astral22 takes an unexpected uptempo luxury twist with his First Class Remix of “It’s On Tonight”, (which in it’s original form) appears on LeNora Jaye’s debut CD “The Story”.

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Back Into The Sun (Astral22 Palmares Remix) – Katie Cole

Digital Worldwide Release – Available Now

Los Angeles based vocalist Katie Cole takes you on a jazzy, soulful, sun kissed Brazilian journey with this carefree uptempo remix release. Whether you’re lounging poolside, or making your way to the dance floor, “set yourself free” with this love infused remix offering by Astral22 & Katie Cole.

[Offered in 3 flavors, Main Mix, Radio Edit, and Buzios Edit].

Available at:  iTunes US, iTunes UK, amazon US, amazon UK, 7digital, beatsdigital, napster, djtunes, emusic

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Following in the footsteps of eclectic soul producers such as 4Hero, Eric Lau, and even the great Quincy Jones, Los Angeles’ Astral22 aka Armand Tulumello has brought together a talented assortment of vocalists and created his own unique vision of soul. The resulting album, Imperial, is a majestic feat in progressive soul featuring moments of sheer brilliance and more than a few breakout performances from the cast of rising stars.

With a handpicked selection of artists that includes La Sonya Gunter, Rogiers, and Stephanie Renee to name just a few, Astral22 paints a tapestry that embraces traditional soul, future soul, and spoken word in equal doses. The production throughout the album mostly remains in the downtempo grown and sexy vein but stretches into broken beat on the “Ism” rework featuring Heidi Martin and the equally gorgeous “Silent Prayer” with vocals by LeNora Jaye. La Sonya Gunter delivers an outstanding vocal performance on “Ready For Love”, her style gelling perfectly with Astral 22’s casual yet impeccable production. It all comes together on the brilliant “From Me To You”, a funky little future soul number featuring Shanell Rene’e that will recall the stylings of Eric Lau. Produced with precision and skill and with an instantly catchy hook, the track remains the album’s highpoint.

Coming strong out of the gate, Astral22 is sure to be an in demand producer on the soul circuit. If this first collection of progressive soul is any indicator, Imperial marks the debut of an impressive new talent.

- Norman Mayers

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Just as the Kiki Dee bouncy pop song declares, “I got the music in me.”  Since age eleven when he first started mixing reel-to-reel tapes, Armand Tulumello has been hooked to make music on his own terms.  At the same time, he understands that when fellow independent artists are the forefront of a compilation project, he should respect their space and let them create their unique tapestry.  The Los Angeles DJ/Producer known as Astral22 invested two years to complete his debut IMPERIAL Progressive Soul Collection Vol. I.  Through this long period, he bonded and empathized with the soulful vocalists involved because of their untiring commitment in every step of promoting their own musical cause.

The Soul Tracks audience will recognize a few of the highly prolific independent soul stars on IMPERIAL, including Rogiers, LeNora Jaye, Simone and Rena Scott.  The aforementioned plus the other vocalists clearly communicate a tremendous passion for the music inside of them.   Nearly all the tracks are noteworthy and enjoyable.  With his favorable debut, Astral 22 has convincingly graduated from his reel-to-reel decks to the production chair, mastering a disc of laid-back classic soul intertwined with dance, blues, funk and jazz.

Vocals:  3.5 stars
Lyrics:  3.0 stars
Music:  3.5 stars
Production:  3.5 stars
SoulTracks Call:  Highly Recommended

By Peggy Oliver

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