We've had a great January in our new home on the Lightship, and one of the highlights was six days of tracking with the incredibly talented Nerija, for their first album with Domino Record Co. One the third day we were joined by Lucie Lusiet Leva who took those wonderful photos of the session. Check out Lucie's Instagram for more: https://www.instagram.com/lusietplife/
Had these fine dudes on the ship last night to touch up the mixes before their EP release. Can't put this one on the video page because of facebook, so thought you folk deserved a look:
And when we say pastures, we mean waters...
This is Lightship 95, lovingly restored by talented engineer & producer Ben Phillips, who has been running a fantastic studio here for the past 8 years, and is taking a break from music to focus on his other business. For various reasons, including the joys of a larger live room, a dedicated vocal booth, and being ON A BOAT, the Soup Studio crew has decided to up sticks and move. We'll be bringing all our gear, instruments, analogue reverbs, delays, outboard, our 24-track tape machine, in fact all of this:
and we're going to put it in here:
and in here:
It's a privilege to move to such a beautiful, great-sound studio, and we're grateful for to Ben for the opportunity. At Cable Street we've been involved in some incredible records with brilliant musicians, and we invite you all to come and join us at our new home.
Lightship 95 is moored in Trinity Buoy Wharf - between Canning Town and East India DLR stations, the latter of which is only 6 minutes train ride from our current home at Limehouse. We're now taking bookings for October 14th onwards, so please get in touch:
by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
or give us a call on 07986101125
The studio has been packed to the rafters with talented young jazz players, including not one but two MOBO jazz award winners, for the sessions for the new album by the wonderful singer Zara McFarlane, produced by Moses Boyd. Check out some of their photos below
A brilliant sound fills the air today at soup, snazzy vibes all round! Pictures taken by Soup Staff.
A fantastic session today, finishing off a mix with an amazing string group! Pictures taken by the soup team and The Little Unsaid.
A year ago, our good friends the Wave Pictures came in to Soup on the birthday of their singer, David Tattersall. They recorded an entire album in one day, around one microphone. It sounds wonderful, and it's just sold out of it's first pressing. So congratulations to them, and you can listen to it here!
And our microphones are no different! Can anyone name them all? No peeking at the equipment page..
We're pretty keen on real reverb here at Soup, and the tiled chamber that we built is a crucial part of many of the drum sounds that we can get. Maybe one day we can attach a german hanger to the side of the building to rival the Treetop Flyers:
Presenting our August Förster studio grand piano. Come and give her a tinkle..
As many will you have noticed, we used James Jamerson's classic line from Marvin Gaye and Tammy Wynette's 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'. We re-amped it through our Fender Bassman 59 and tried out both of our re-amp boxes. Jamerson would have had no time for any of this nonsense, he plugged his Fender Precision straight into the desk at Motown and played. In the time it took us to re-amp his bass track he'd have probably arranged and recorded three more hit singles. And, ultimately, he'd be right to do so - the difference for this kind of music is very minimal! But they are there - a little more depth to the low-end with the radial, and a little more mid-range poke with the DIY box. Let us know which you prefer!
For your listening pleasure: a short playlist of our favourite releases from the studio this year so far. 'Worst Kiss', by Owl and Mouse, was recorded at the wonderful Big Jelly studios and mixed at Soup, all other tracks were recorded and mixed here.
Q. What's better than having two Coles in the studio?
A. Having four Coles in the studio.
Q. What's better than having 4 Coles in the studio?
A. Having 4 Coles and a 1940s RCA 44BX Velocity Ribbon Mic in the studio! Time to come in and sound like Nina Simone.