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Ultra Naté – Free (Extended Vocal Mix) Strictly Rhythm Records 1997

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A hot mix to keep the holiday spirits going. We love this song. Perfect for dancing and prancing in your home, the gym, car cruising, or just being fabulous. The powerful and beautiful vocals of Ultra Nate are timeless.

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“Free” is a song by American recording artist Ultra Naté released on March 31, 1997 by her record label Strictly Rhythm. The song was co-written by Naté , Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone while production was held by both Springsteen and Ciafone. “Free” was served as the lead single from her third studio album, Situation: Critical (1997). Musically, the song is a house influenced song that incorporates strong ’90s soul, dance, garage and disco.

“Free” received positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who commended her vocal ability and production. The song has been noted as one of the best dance anthems during the ’90s era. The song became Naté’s most successful single to date, charting in many countries around the world. “Free” reached number one in Italy and peaked inside the top ten in Canada, France, Iceland, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The song also managed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 75, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

“Free” received positive reviews from most music critics. AllMusic had highlighted three official versions of the song as “AllMusic Track Picks”: the Bob Sinclar Remix, Jason Nevins Mix and the original version of the song. A reviewer from the publication Resident Advisor awarded the song four stars out of five. The reviewer said “This is a solid package from Curvve Recordings. “Free” has already received widespread plays from jocks worldwide, this time around it appears that it may well do the same. An absolute crowd puller, and an essential release for any house DJ that is looking for something to fill up a dance floor in seconds.” Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented: “Don’t let this one slip by without a careful listen.”

Ultra Naté is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ and promoter who has achieved success on the pop charts with songs such as “Free”, “If You Could Read My Mind” (as part of Stars on 54), and “Automatic”.

Virtually all of her singles have reached the Top 10 of the US Hot Dance Club Play chart. Such singles include “Show Me”, “Free”, “Desire”, “Get it Up (the Feeling)”, “Love’s the Only Drug”, and her number-one hits “Automatic”, “Give it All You Got” featuring Chris Willis, “Waiting On You” and “Everybody Loves the Night”. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 12th most successful dance artist of all-time.