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As her latest EP RICH M’FKs makes its way onto the world’s airwaves and playlists, iconic singer, songwriter, producer and DJ Ultra Naté today dropped an uncompromising video to accompany the main release.

Directed by Ultra (collaborating with new Baltimore-based talents), the video sees Ultra highlight the growing disparity between those at the very top, and the billions worldwide struggling to make ends meet.

Ultra describes the process of creating the RICH M’FKs clip, “The entire ULTRA album experience has taken me on such a whirlwind ride, it shouldn’t surprise me that I’m now in this moment of creating visual art to accompany the music that I’ve poured myself into for the last two years. I had a particular style in my head of what “RICH M’FKs” could look like and how to evolve it, so I sought out talent from Baltimore to bring the concept to life.”

She continues, “Seth Milder and Lindsey Golden were my cinematographers of choice because they are bright, energetic, talented and so easy to work with. I had worked with them previously on my Black Stereo Faith “I’m Too Sexy” video, so they were an obvious choice. They brought in Jason Sage, whose specialty is lighting design.

“Another key factor was editing. I hit up my good friend, the legendary Thomas Dolby and asked him about some of the kids he may have previously worked with at the film school here in Baltimore. He connected me to Sonya Norko, and she turned out to be an absolutely amazing artist to work with! My long-time friend Jonathan Knox assisted. Because of this crew of young and passionate artists, I was able to pull together all of the elements and create this piece. My music video directorial debut.”

The edit lands on the heels of key US mid-term elections, the world waiting to see which political direction the planet’s dominant superpower will take over the coming years.

"People are suffering and struggling around the world and there are those who live by completely different rules,” Ultra says pointedly. “The question becomes - what's next? Where do we go from here and what do we do with this information as a society? The conversation is getting louder, and it feels like we are on the precipice of a major shift or revolution, but it remains to be seen.”

The track, a co-production with revered German electronic producer and DJ Henrik Schwarz, is unflinching in its critique of modern culture, one that often leaves us both individually and collectively ill at ease.

"Henrik’s warping and minimal sounds in RICH M’FKs capture the distorted reality I’m lamenting in the song,” she explained. “A lot of people have told me it captures exactly how they’ve been feeling these last few years, like the walls are closing in. RICH M'FKs feels like despair initially but grows quickly to become more of a fight song. Those distorted and morphing sounds become the march, the stomp and fist pump of the people.”



Named one of Billboard Magazine’s Greatest Dance Artists Of All Time, and with a career spanning three decades and spawning massive crowd stompers such as Twisted, Automatic, Party Girl, New Kind Of Medicine, Found A Cure, How Long (Ultra Flava), If You Could Read My Mind, and the seminal, evergreen anthem Free, US singer, songwriter, DJ and producer Ultra Naté continues to be an integral force within the life blood of global House Music.

One of the first house music artists to sign a major label deal with she inked paper with Warner Music UK, Ultra Naté’s sound has continually 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 (Destiny’s Child), 4 Hero, Deee-lite, Masters At Work, Roger Sanchez and more.

Ultra’s biggest single ‘Free’ shows no sign of letting up, 25 years after its original release. Ultra a widely noted ally of the international LBGTQIA+ community, Free was universally named one of the Top Pride anthems of all time during 2019’s unprecedented global World Pride celebrations. In 2020 Tomorrowland’s influential One World Radio included the track in the Top 10 of its ‘Best Ibiza Anthems of All Time’. In 2021, Ultra was invited by dance maestro Pete Tong to close out his Ibiza Classics tour with Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra, performing Free in front of crowds of up to 90,000. June 2022 saw Swedish Pop duo Icona Pop collaborate with Ultra for a revised version of Free, titled You’re Free and aptly released on Ultra Records. In July 2022 Ultra gave a historic performance of Free at a sold out Wembley Stadium for the Women’s Euro 2022 final, alongside Becky Hill and Stefflon Don. In October 2022, at the invitation of Pete Tong, Ultra returned to the UK to record a sensational new Orchestral version of Free (Do What U Want) with LP Giobbi and Jules Buckley that incorporates Rozalla’s classic, Everybody’s Free, exclusively for Amazon Music on Ministry of Sound.

November 15, 2022 8:00am ET by The Mother Lode  

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