Icona Pop & Ultra Naté join forces for new single ‘You’re Free’: Listen
Icona Pop have taken Ultra Naté‘s 1997 classic hit ‘Free’ and created a modern-day rework, titled ‘You’re Free’.
25 years on since its initial release, Icona Pop have given the track the remake which it rightfully deserves. The euphoric breakdowns, its driving bass line and striking vocals allow the original to thrive once again. ‘Free’, which achieved platinum status, topped the Dance charts in the United States and peaked at #4 on the UK’s Singles chart. ‘You’re Free’ follows ‘Payback’, Icona Pop’s recent collaboration with the iconic trio Cheat Codes; it’s already surpassed a monumental 5 million streams on Spotify.
“We’ve always loved Ultra Naté’s original ‘Free’ and used to play it in the clubs as DJs in Stockholm, even before we started Icona Pop! It is the ultimate expression of what we want Icona Pop to represent: freedom to be whoever you want to be, live life to the fullest, and have fun. At first it was intimidating when we started to play around with the idea of making a new version, but it felt natural and really came together when Ultra Naté said she wanted to collaborate on our version. We are beyond honoured. Ultra Naté is such a legend and this song is a classic. We hope that we have done it justice.” – Icona Pop
“I’m so excited about this collaboration with Icona Pop and the reimagining of my classic, ‘Free’, on its 25th Anniversary. I feel like what has come together here is so special and made for this moment. ‘You’re Free’ really is the kind of interpretation I had hoped for. To introduce the song to a next generation of clubbers in a way that is not framed as nostalgia, but as very now. It’s so important to find a way to bridge the gap when working with such a highly identifiable, classic record – and believe me, many have tried over the years! When I first received the demo to hear the concept and where the production was going, I immediately felt good about it. I love the new parts, the energy, and Aino and Caroline’s distinct singing style. It all feels like a big party with a lot of in-your-face attitude, and I’m here for all of that!” – Ultra Naté
Below you’ll find the upcoming North American tour dates for Icona Pop, be sure to go and check them out!
6/21 – Hotel Hennes Launch @ The Box, NYC
6/23 – Special Guest performance w/ Ultra Naté @ Lincoln Center, NYC
6//24 – Midsummer Eve w/ H&M @ 3 Freemans Alley, NYC
6/26 – Official PrideFest Stage – Pride March, NYC
You can stream ‘You’re Free’ by Icona Pop and Ultra Naté down below, please be sure to let us know your thoughts!
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