Global chart-topping duo Icona Pop are back today, joined by legendary singer, songwriter, DJ, and producer Ultra Naté for a brand new track titled ‘You’re Free.’ This undeniable summer-club-banger pays homage to Ultra Naté’s 1997 Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart #1 hit ‘Free.’
Speaking about the collaboration, Icona Pop reveal, “We’ve always loved Ultra Naté’s original “Free,” and used to play it in the clubs as DJ’s 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 honored. Ultra Naté is such a legend and this song is a classic. We hope that we have done it justice”
Ultra Naté adds, “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! “
‘You’re Free’ follows hot on the heels of the recent 10-year anniversary of the duo’s hit single, ‘I Love It’ (feat. Charli XCX) which celebrated the milestone on June 14. To commemorate the release of the track, Icona Pop recently re-imagined the track, alongside producers Osrin and Ellis.
Icona Pop continue to slay since the release of their 2013 full-length debut, This Is… Icona Pop, which garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone as the duo performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and America’s Got Talent in addition to featuring on the iconic HBO series Girls and a popular Saturday Night Live sketch. They canvased the globe on sold out tours with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and One Direction and joined Tiësto for the banger ‘Let’s Go’ in 2014. Along the way, the duo has performed alongside everyone from Avicii to The Chainsmokers as well as gracing the stages of Ultra, Tomorrowland, Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak, and more. Since then, they have consistently filled the gap in music when it comes to upbeat, carefree, quality dance-pop.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from Icona Pop coming very soon.