Diplo Remixes Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells by Phil Knott

Diplo Remixes Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells by Phil Knott

Tough terrain to (re)tread, this Treats track “Tell ‘Em” from our old neighborly BTW Sleigh Bells. Not because its thunder-beats blasting serrated-guitar self-affirmation pop is untouchable, necessarily, but because it’s already been so thoroughly touched up and turned out by Night Slug extraordinaire Kingdom, who flipped its ferocity from brightly lit gutchecks (“Have you done your best today”) to the soundtrack for sparse and electronic, minimal and musky late-night moves. (In lesser words: Kingdom’s “Tell ‘Em” remix was my favorite redo of 2010.)

But this day has apparently taken on a a Mad Decent-remix subplot, via our earlier look at Ad-Rock’s take on Mad Decent upcomer Bosco Delrey, and now with label honcho Diplo’s rework of Sleigh Bells’ “Tell ‘Em.” Diplo knows from redo, historically speaking, and he lays down on this one, too. Unlike Kingdom’s work out, Derek E. Miller’s guitars stay true, as do booms of the original beat, though it’s in that beat that Diplo does his finest interpolation and shifting — sometimes dancehall intro breaks, sometimes halftime swag. “You can play this at your next party” is one sentence from Diplo’s accompanying blurb (in which he probably seriously mentions some time in the studio with Derek and Beyoncé on some possible future collabo). To the point: Now the list of sticky “Tell ‘Em” re-Treats numbers Kingdom + 1. (Off the point: Sleigh Bells’ inevitable remix album should absolutely be titled (re)Treats.) Read the blurb and download the Diplo below:

Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em (Diplo Remix)”
(via Mad Decent)

Words by Diplo:

Derek from sleigh bellz and me have matching florida tattoos and we both are from shitty parts of broward county // & their last album was one of the sickest of ’10 .. its soo sick, its gave me a stomach ache .. half lyrnyrd skinnard half bangladesh half man half alligator.. . me and derek and alexis are bros and sis for life. in fact i like sleigh bells so much .. me and switch was in studio in nyc tryin to make tracks with derek and beyonce last week after we played her team their album .. dunno if we gonna manage to finish but was good times.
I started this mix for them like a year ago but it took derek about 6 months to send stems so it was kinda in remix limbo but i really wanted to get it out to u guys cause i think the bass and the drums sounds nice and u can play it at your next party.

Also, Sleigh Bells are going on tour, co-headlining with CSS and then Neon Indian, with Mr. Dream in support on some shows around NYC. Dates:

04/21 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
04/22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
04/23 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
04/24 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
04/26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity
04/28 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone
04/29 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
04/30 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central %
05/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
05/03 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
05/04 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
05/06 – Richmond, VA @ The National
05/07 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
05/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero *
05/11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
05/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/14 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
05/16 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
05/17 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
05/18 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
05/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

05/21 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Pyramid Cabaret
05/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
05/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
05/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
05/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent
05/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent
06/03 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
06/04 – Denver, CO @ Ogden
* – Mr. Dream opens

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