What’s this? Swedish duo Icona Pop have teamed up with Ultra Naté for a reworking of the latter’s mega-hit ‘Free’. To mark the 25th anniversary of the all-time dance classic, the song has been reimagined as ‘You’re Free’.
What’s it like? The original has given us all life this past quarter of a century, and now it gets a whole new life breathed into it courtesy of Icona Pop, with Ultra Naté adding her vocals to their new verses, too. It beats just as hard as the heart of the song always has, but now it bangs with reinvigoration!
What do Icona Pop say? “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 were beyond honored. Ultra Naté is such a legend and this song is a classic. We hope that we have done it justice.”
Written by? Aino Jawo, Caroline Hjelt, Emelie Eriksson, John Ciafone, Lem Springsteen, Philip Strand, Ultra Nate Wyche and Yaroslav Polikarpov.
More from Icona Pop? The duo themselves have just celebrated a big anniversary of their own – their signature hit ‘I Love It’ turned ten years of age last month, and the girls released a new version of it.
You can find ‘You’re Free’ on our Best New Dance playlist.