Update : This track is now available as part of the “Arkeology : Volume 1″ compilation on Bandcamp.
I found Barry Goldberg’s self-titled album (produced by Bob Dylan and Jerry Wexler!) randomly a few months ago. It’s got a lot of good stuff going on. This track particularly caught my ear and demanded a little re-rub action.
The whole thing sort of fell together on it’s own, actually. I had been building a session in Ableton Live for manipulating a bunch of vintage jazz and space-funk, trying to create an on-the-fly re-edit playlist. “Soothe Me” fell into line so well with the baeleric disco thing that it got it’s own session.
I used a bunch of Kontakt instruments to get this where it is now. The bass, claves, guitar, and organ are all Kontakt. I used variable side-chain compression to get the track to fit with a new, punchier, kick / snare. One of the big challenges was marrying the distinct vintage production of the original with something more modern, but a bit of creative compression and EQ helped a lot.
So here ya go : a disco-slow-jam re-work of a 1974 “classic”.
Check out the original “Soothe Me” on Youtube