EXTENDED ALBUM WITH EXQUISITE NEW MUSIC OUT SEPTEMBER 15TH ON BLUFIRE / PEACEBISQUIT
In August 2022 legendary singer / songwriter / producer / DJ Ultra Naté released her tenth studio album ULTRA, an incredible feat for an artist who has remained fiercely independent for over three decades.
Testament to her enduring legacy, the album was seized on by fans and critics across the board, spawning instant anthems and a slew of remixes that have collectively continued to set charts, radio waves, clubs and festival arenas on fire ever since.
In the time since, alongside a packed international tour diary, the quarter-century anniversaries of seminal singles FREE and IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND, and the launch of a #1 podcast series The History Of The World’s Greatest Nightclubs with celebrity superstar Paris Hilton, Ultra somehow found time to revisit ULTRA, gifting the original package with even more new music for the album’s ULTRA Deluxe drop, available worldwide on September 13th.
Asked why she decided to revisit the project less than a year later, Ultra explained: “For better or worse, the business of selling music moves very fast in today’s market place. There are literally over 15,000 songs released weekly in dance music alone. You have a nanosecond to create awareness and get traction on any given release. It can leave independent artists and labels at a huge disadvantage, because they do not have the reach of the majors.
“The digital world, however, has created the opportunity to evolve, reimagine and re-package projects, so that over time, they can build a relationship with consumers and DJs and create a slow burn impact. The ULTRA album was so well received and loved by my core fans, it only made sense to reinforce and further develop its broader impact with a Deluxe version.”
Joining original selections HAPPY FEELING [w/ Freemasons Russell Small & DNO P), LAZER [w/ Slowz], MIRACLE, SUPERNATURAL, SOLD OUT, RICH M’FK’s [w/ Henrik Schwarz], SURVIVOR [w/ Tracy Young], FUN [w/ Blue Lab Beats], THE GARDEN [w/ Osunlade & James Curd], HUMAN BEHAVIOUR [w/ Quentin Harris], BITTER FRUIT, RESTLESS [w/ Tedd Patterson], NEW LIFE [w/ Lem Springsteen], and FREE (LIVE YOUR LIFE), Ultra adds four new songs that raise the original album’s bar even higher: YOU’RE FREE, DANGEROUS, WORLD ON FIRE and UNBREAKABLE.
A reworking of Ultra’s classic hit and released in Summer ’22 to huge fanfare, it’s no surprise the Icona Pop collaboration YOU’RE FREE makes the cut. The revamped edit was embraced by fans and saw Ultra join the Swedish duo to perform in front of rapturous crowds at Pride festivals the world over.
Recent Beatport Top 10 and Traxsource #1 hit DANGEROUS (So Dare Me) with Les Bisous, released via Armada Music and reimagining The Pointer Sisters’ classic, stomps confidently across slick synth lines as it adds more than a touch of nu-disco glamour to the set list.
An anthem for the ages, the sumptuous, piano and guitar-led WORLD ON FIRE with regular collaborators John ‘J-C’ Carr, based on a musical concept by Emanuele Esposito and Gianni Romano, is pure celebration of Ultra’s rich, luxurious vocal, and her ability to craft song lyrics that capture the universe around her.
“These particular songs are the missing pieces of the puzzle that you didn’t know existed,” said Ultra. “Besides UNBREAKABLE the others were part of the story but were not ready for release last Summer. The intention was always for them to see the light of day with the ULTRA album as my milestone 10th LP.”
UNBREAKABLE, the final new addition, sees Ultra bring in one of her Black Stereo Faith creatives Piranhahead on co—production duties. An out-and-out celebration of life that manages to encapsulate timeless joy, UNBREAKABLE is an important addition to the album for Ultra.
“(It) was recently written for this release,” she confirmed. “I felt I needed this song on the Deluxe album so I really crammed over the last couple months to get it finished in time. It’s really a love letter to the LGBTQ+ community, and to everyone living under hateful and oppressive energy and systems.”
An out-and-out celebration of life that manages to encapsulate timeless joy, UNBREAKABLE is Ultra at her very best, a worthy addition to an ULTRA Deluxe tracklist that once again promises to set clubland and the wider music world ablaze. 30 years on and still as vital as she ever was, Ultra isn’t simply ULTRA – she’s truly Deluxe.
ULTRA NATÉ: ULTRA DELUXE
HAPPY FEELING [Russell Small & Dno P]
YOU’RE FREE [Icona Pop]
MIRACLE [Gianni Romano, Emanuele Esposito]
SUPERNATURAL [Funk Cartel]
DANGEROUS (So Dare Me) [Les Bisous]
SOLD OUT [Nightriders & Chris Willis]
RICH M’FK’s [Henrik Schwarz]
SURVIVOR [Tracy Young]
FUN [Blue Lab Beats]
WORLD ON FIRE [John ‘J-C’ Carr, Emanuele Esposito, Gianni Romano]
THE GARDEN [Osunlade, James Curd]
UNBREAKABLE [Piranhahead, John ‘J-C’ Carr]
HUMAN BEHAVIOR [Quentin Harris]
BITTER FRUIT [Slowz]
RESTLESS [Tedd Patterson]
NEW LIFE (RUNNING) [Lem Springsteen]
*FREE (Live Your Life)(Franco De Mulero & Gregor Salto Anniversary Mix)
ABOUT ULTRA NATÉ
Baltimore singer/songwriter/DJ/producer and music legend Ultra Naté has long been adored by electronic, dance and pop fans since the early 90’s. Ultra is celebrating her 30th plus year in the game having debuted on the scene in 1989 with the with the early underground favorite, It’s Over Now and her revered 1990 album, Blue Notes In the Basement which spawned the hits Rejoicing, Deeper Love, Scandal and Is It Love?. Ultra was one of the first house music artists signed to a major label deal when she inked with Warners UK.
Three decades on with massive crowd stompers such as Twisted, Automatic, Party Girl, New Kind Of Medicine, Found A Cure, How Long (Ultra Flava) and the Top 10 pop nugget, If You Could Read My Mind, 2022 finds Ultra Naté joyously celebrating the enduring anthem Free’s 25th anniversary all year long. This Summer has seen Ultra collaborating with the likes of Icona Pop, David Morales, NYC’s esteemed Lincoln Center, numerous festivals, Prides and ushering in her 10th album titled, ULTRA.
Throughout her career Ultra Naté’s sound has embraced a variety of genres including house, soul, disco, electro pop, R&B, hiphop and rock. Her catalogue is one steeped in timeless classics, impressive accolades and creative highlights with everyone from The Basement Boys, Nellee Hooper, D-Influence, Mood II Swing, Nona Hendryx, Lenny Kravitz and Frankie Knuckles to N’Dea Davenport, NERVO, Todd Terry, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child), 4 Hero, Deee-lite, Masters at Work (Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez), Roger Sanchez and others.
She is honored to be considered an icon of the Dance and LGBTQI+ communities worldwide.
Ultra was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Greatest of All Time *Top Dance Artists along with having three entries in the music industry bibles respective Greatest Of All Time *Top 10 Dance Club Songs.
In the Summer of 2020, Ultra was the only top charting female when the perennial classic Free made the coveted Top 10 ‘Best Ibiza Anthems of All Time’ list from Tomorrowland’s influential One World Radio. During 2019s unprecedented global World Pride celebrations, Free was universally named one of the Top Pride anthems of all time.
Coming off the back of the Ibiza Classics tour with dance maestro, Pete Tong, Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra that won rave reviews, a headline stint for New York City’s prestigious Lincoln Center, a historic performance of Free at a sold out Wembley Stadium for Women’s Euros 2022 alongside Becky Hill and Stefflon Don, and podcast collaboration ‘The History of the World’s Greatest Nightclubs’ with Paris Hilton, Ultra Naté’s vocal stylings, song-writing and sheer persona has provided fans with over 30 years of pure anthems and dance floor memories that continue to stand the test of time.