Beyonce Hits the Studio with Diplo, Sleigh Bells?

If a recent blog post by indie producer/DJ Diplo is true, Beyoncé could be going for a much more experimental sound on her new album.

On Monday (Jan. 24), Diplo -- who is best known for his work with M.I.A. and as one-half of the duo Major Lazer (with longtime collaborator Switch) -- revealed that he, Beyoncé, and Derek of the indie electro-pop duo Sleigh Bells recently recorded music together in a New York studio.


"I like sleigh bells so much," Diplo wrote on the blog for his label imprint, Mad Decent. "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 it was good times."


Sleigh Bells appeared to corroborate Diplo's post with a somewhat crytpic message their Twitter page: "yeah damn beyonce on it was intense track may not get finished (?) but we finished the rum off at least"


At press time, Beyoncé's rep did not respond to request for comment on the collaboration, and details on the star's follow-up to 2008's "I Am...Sasha Fierce" remain sparse. Other collaborators reportedly working on the set are Symbolic 1 (producer of Kanye West's "Power" single), Sean Garrett, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.

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In other Sleigh Bells news, the Brooklyn-based duo just announced a U.S. tour in support of its 2010 breakthrough debut album, "Treats," as well as a music video for next single "Rill Rill" dropping later this week. Likeminded indie acts CSS and Neon Indian will each open for the group on select dates of the trek.


Here are Sleigh Bells' tour dates:


Apr. 21: San Antonio, Texas (White Rabbit)
Apr. 22: Dallas, Texas (Granada Theater)
Apr. 23: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
Apr. 24: Houston, Texas (Warehouse Live)
Apr. 26: Baton Rouge, La. (Varsity)
Apr. 28: Orlando, Fla. (Firestone)
Apr. 29: St. Petersburg, Fla. (State Theater)
Apr. 30: Miami, Fla. (Grand Central)
May 2: Atlanta, Ga. (Center Stage)
May 3: Nashville, Tenn. (Cannery Ballroom)
May 4: Asheville, N.C. (Orange Peel)
May 6: Richmond, Va. (The National)
May 7: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
May 9: Philadelphia, Pa. (Trocadero)
May 11: New York, N.Y. (Webster Hall)
May 12: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
May 14: Boston, Mass. (Paradise Rock Club)
May 16: Toronto, Ontario (Mod Club)
May 17: Toronto, Ontario (Mod Club)
May 18: Detroit, Mich. (St. Andrews)
May 19: Minneapolis, Minn. (First Avenue)
May 21: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Pyramid Cabaret)
May 23: Edmonton, Alberta (Starlite)
May 25: Vancouver, British Columbia (Vogue)
May 26: Portland, Ore. (Roseland)
May 30: San Francisco, Calif. (Independent)
May 31: San Francisco, Calif. (Independent)
June 3: Aspen, Col. (Belly Up)
June 4: Denver, Col. (Ogden)