The debut release from Los Angeles based writer/producer Astral 22, Astral22 Presents… Imperial (Progressive Soul Collection Vol. 1), is a soulful compilation of emerging artists and feel good, progressive blends of jazz, nu soul, funk and blues.

I’ve been listening to it for weeks and my favorite is constantly changing. (This week it’s the very smooth “Nunca Sabras“). With a nice mix of varied tempo’s, featured artists include Rena Scott, LeNora Jaye, Simone, Stephanie Renee and Katie Cole among others. It’s one that you can put on and just let it ride. You can’t say that about too many albums these days.

You can listen to another favorite, “From Me To You” f/Shanell Rene’e after the jump.

Check it out and support indie artists!

“The title “Imperial” is reconceptualized here as it relates to the self owned state of empowerment each of us possesses. The message and music here speaks of “what is unique and beautiful” about the “individual”. 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.”

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