– New single 'Under The Spell' out August 18th
– Sophomore album 'Infinite Wellness' out October 7th 2022
Ultraflex's new single ‘Under The Spell’ is an anthem about breaking out of self-pity by putting on a banger and dancing in front of the mirror, spilling red wine all over yourself. It’s an electro inspired tune with the beat and bass hinting towards Charlie’s ‘Spacer Woman’ or IMS’s ‘Dancing Therapy’, with an unusual vocal production – Ultraflex’s distinctive “club rap” topped with vocoder, switching between bratty verses and wistful choruses.
The video is directed by Jóhanna Rakel, who also stars in the video as the mystical partygoer «Yvonne Winona».
Release date: October 7th 2022
Label: Street Pulse Records
Catalogue no: SP010
Formats: Digital / Vinyl / Cassette
3. Mi Vuoi (feat. Kuntessa)
4. Melting Away
7. Under The Spell
Artwork by Gréta Þorkels
Ultraflex’s new album ‘Infinite Wellness’ is naughty. Are you really allowed to combine a horny saxophone solo with a relentless eurodance beat, steel drums and shameless moaning? No, that is not ok. Neither is putting a melodramatic spanish guitar solo in an excessivly erotic power ballad, nor ending a whole album on a loud gong. Which is precisely why they’ve done it. Ultraflex aren’t interested in being good girls, but rather to explore what they can get away with - relying on faux innocence and devious charm. And they do get away with it all thanks to the immaculately pristine production that drapes the whole thing in glossy sophistication.
Pulling inspiration from all sorts of juxtaposing sources, ‘Infinite Wellness’ is Usher to Albinoni, a mashup of disco, R&B, 80’s synth pop, Italian 70’s film music and eurodance, with some references to jazz and classical music. On top of all of this are cheeky lyrics sung in breathy vocals or spoken in a way they call ‘club rap’.
An important layer to Ultraflex’s music is their flamboyant visual identity. In their videos they’re flaunting things like fringed bikini tops and jeggings or doing tandem housework in full gala get-up. The high note of the album is the evident friendship behind the music – you can vividly imagine the pair grinning in the studio while whispering a sensual Norwegian quote or adding secretly recorded party conversations. Their exhilarating playfulness welcomes you into their intimacy and lets you in on their secrets while inviting you to dance!
For more information please contact Ultraflex
Press UK: Fred Parry at Hypha Creative
Radio UK + EU: Oisín Meehan at Hypha Creative
Press Germany: Gregori Menendez at Modern Matters
Booking worldwide: Ben Haslett at Earth Agency
Ultraflex is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Farao (NO) and Special-K (IS). Debut album 'Visions of Ultraflex' was released in 2020 to critical and popular acclaim, winning both The Icelandic Music Awards 2021 for 'Best Electronic Album' and Kraumur Awards for 'Best Album', besides collecting nominations to additional international awards. Ultraflex places equal value on sounds, lyrics and visual representation - music videos or experimental films are made to every single song.
Ultraflex’s sound is inspired by the disco, italo and funk of the 80’s, blending it with new-age sensibilities, unexpected jazz chords and melodic twists. The result is a catchy, contemporary whirlwind of dance floor weirdness, nodding to their ancestors in the historical lineage of spectacular electronic music. The duo’s material is both kitsch and high concept – pushed through a contemporary pop culture filter Ultraflex creates their own brand new lotion carefully tailored to your needs
They seem to be so in-sync—both musically and aesthetically—it’s hard to imagine any other pair producing the music and videos that Ultraflex does. It’s a rare thing to find that kind of connection; we should all be so lucky.
They know they’re brimming with confidence and class, and they sashay through the trilling tones and bumping beats of “Baby” with supreme confidence – and we are powerless to resist.
However, the official music video for ‘Relax’ is a little disturbing to the music. I’m not sure if the imagery shown is a foot fetish, 70s erotica or a homage to the popular ‘satisfying videos’ on YouTube. (...) If you can handle all of those things, then go ahead and check out the visual work. Maybe not at work, your colleagues may think you’re strange.