Iconic pop star duo who brought fans hits such as “Emergency” and songs fans can’t forget “I Love It”, Icona Pop are back and better than ever collaborating with the singer, songwriter and classical producer Ultra Naté. The new track, “You’re Free” is a tribute and reimagining of Naté’s classic song “Free”, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The duo had more to say about the new team, “We’ve always loved Ultra Naté’s original ‘Free’ and used to play it in clubs as DJs in Stockholm, even before we launched Icona Pop! It’s the ultimate expression of what we want Icona Pop to represent; the freedom to be who you want to be, to live your life to the fullest and to have fun. At first it was daunting when we started toying with the idea of making a new version, but it felt natural and really came to fruition when Ultra Naté said they wanted to collaborate on our version, we’re more than honored. Ultra Naté is such a legend and this song is a classic. We hope we did him justice.”
Nobody can quite know how Icona Pop does it, but they made a track that was very true to the original, and yet so different. The track begins with Naté’s classic chorus, “You’re free to do whatever you want,” while bringing in the original, catchy Icona Pop verses. The rhythms are faster and harder to appreciate for a whole new generation. Naté’s signature vocals sway throughout the song, blending new pop and nostalgia all into one.
Check out our review of Icona Pop’s “Off Of My Mind.”
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