I don’t know if you’ve heard of Sleigh Bells or not. They’re a distorted, loud pop duo from Brooklyn, who made late 2009 noise (literally) with their indie demotape single “Crown on the Ground.” Pitchfork and other major outlets gave it love, and they ended up getting signed by MIA’s label. I think I first caught wind of them on Twitter from @MrDonaldGlover (no, not Danny Glover), though I can’t be sure.
I also got a chance to see them play last year in Vancouver at the Commodore - they opened for Yeasayer (click for a blurb I wrote on them). Excellent show, for sure.
They’ve finally released the song “Rill Rill” as a single. It was on their 2010 LP Treats, and has always been my favourite song of theirs to date. Long overdue, in my mind. I’ve included the video below for your listening/viewing pleasure. I must confess something though, for the longest time I thought this song was called “Ring, Ring”… thought wrong.
Before we get to that though, I’d like to point out that the centerpiece of this song is a sample from Funkadelic’s “Can You Get To That”, found on their 1971 classic LP Maggot Brain. This same album also happens to have one of my favourite album covers of all time. I’ve also embedded this, below, so you can listen and compare. Takes away from the magic of Sleigh Bells, a lot.
Sleigh Bells: “Rill Rill”:
Funkadelic: “Can You Get to That”: