Nerija session

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: lusietplife

Don't Problem

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:

Moving to pastures new..

And when we say pastures, we mean waters...

Lightship 95 on the river

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:

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and we're going to put it in here:

Lightship 95 studio live room, photograph by  @janklos_photo

Lightship 95 studio live room, photograph by @janklos_photo

and in here:

Lightship 95 studio control room - photo by Ben Phillips

Lightship 95 studio control room - photo by Ben Phillips

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

or give us a call on 07986101125


Summer of Jazz

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 Season In Hull

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!

Reverb to die for

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:

Here is a version of St Andrews Cross we recorded in some downtime whilst we were in Germany in Aug of this year....The song was written about Reid's late Father who lost his battle with Cancer a couple of years back.....hope you enjoy.....

Photographs by Grant Wilkinson.

Massive thanks to Grant Wilkinson for his visually gratifying photography in and around the studio, have a peep at our awesome shots!

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Playlist: Favourites of 2015 so far

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.

Ribbon mic bonanza

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.