At this year’s SXSW, Sleigh Bells shared a stage with Tink; the 19-year-old Chicago rapper who has previously collaborated with Kelela for “Want It” and released the mixtape Winter’s Diary 2 earlier this year. They had so much fun that Red Bull, who sponsored the SXSW showcase, decided to get them together in the studio. So this past June, the artists all met in New York to record “That Did It.”
According to an interview with Rolling Stone, it all started with a discarded Sleigh Bells’ song that was originally titled “Infinite Power.” Guitarist Derek E. Miller played the work-in-progress for Tink and she ad-libbed over it. Singer Alexis Krauss told Rolling Stone:
I sat with her in the booth for a while just talking about what the theme of the song was. She was furiously jotting down notes, and I stepped out. I was like, “OK, cool. You know what the fuck you’re doing.” It was a joy working with somebody who was that good and that fast.
Miller concurred and stated, “I’m sad to say this, because we have three records out, but I think this is the first really, really great bridge that we’ve ever written. That’s the sweet spot of the song for me.”
While the duo would not comment on a follow-up to 2013′s Bitter Rivals, Tink is playing an upcoming show on November 30 at the Palladium in Los Angeles. It will be part of the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in L.A. festival.