Free
by Rudimental (featuring Emeli Sandé)

Album: Home (2013)
Charted: 26

Songfacts®:

  • This is one of two tracks on Home that features both a vocal and writing contribution from. Emeli Sandé – (The other one is "More Than Anything"). Rudimental member Amir Amor told The Sun how the hook-up came about. "Emeli came down to our gig at Brixton Academy when we were supporting Maverick Sabre," he recalled. "We didn't know she was coming down so it was a bit unexpected. But she's really cool — a really lovely person. Then we saw her at the Brit Awards nominations and all jumped in a cab afterwards and went to the studio and wrote these two songs."
  • Rudimental revealed to the Daily Star that that they were advised against working with Emeli Sandé. as she was seen as being "over-exposed."

    "People were telling us that maybe we shouldn't work with her as she was over-exposed, but the songs are amazing," said member DJ Locksmith. "Generally it's only the media who have created this Emeli backlash. The general public love her. You get that kind of reaction when you are successful."

    He added: "It's the same as any artist on our record, we didn't think about who they are or what they represent, it was about the emotion. Bottom line is her voice and the music that comes out."
  • Rudimental teamed up with the American rapper Nas and house producer Roy Davis Jr. for the song's remix versions.
  • The Stu Thomson directed video illustrates the song's subject matter of being free by showing professional free-flyer Jokke Sommer gliding through the air around the Eiger mountain in the Alps.

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