Needin' U

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"Needin' U"
Needin' U 1998.jpg
Single by David Morales
Released 1998
Format CD5", 12"
Genre House
Length 7:49
Label Manifesto Records
Songwriter(s) David Morales
Producer(s) David Morales
David Morales singles chronology
"In De Ghetto"
(1996)
"Needin' U"
(1998)
"How Would U Feel"
(2004)
"In De Ghetto"
(1996)
"Needin' U"
(1997)
"How Would U Feel"
(2004)
Music video
"Needin' U" on YouTube

"Needin' U" is a house record written and produced by David Morales, under the pseudonym David Morales Presents The Face. The track's retail release was on Manifesto Records in the summer of 1998, but it had been available to DJs several months prior on various house record labels. The song quickly became a big hit in the club scene and would go on to become its artist's biggest hit and a house music anthem.

Production and samples[edit]

The track was made featuring samples from The Chi-Lites' "My First Mistake" and Rare Pleasure's "Let Me Down Easy", which had previously been sampled as the backbone of UK band Spearmint's single, 'A trip into space', released earlier the same year. It is unclear whether Morales was inspired by knowledge or discovery of the Rare Pleasure original or was prompted by Spearmint's sampling. The Morales record became an overnight classic and introduced him into mainstream airplay.

Remixes and alternative versions[edit]

There are a variety of remixes and alternative versions of "Needin' U" - some official, some not. The majority of these different versions were produced by David Morales himself. The most noteworthy of these being the 10-Minute extended version "Boss Anthem Mix" and a shorter mix with less of a vocal element entitled "Need-A-Dub". In addition to these versions which offer a slight variation on the original version, a remix by Albert Cabrera titled "One Rascal Mix" was also produced. In addition, the single was re-released in 2001 with a brand new vocal version of the song featuring the English electronic music vocalist Juliet Roberts. This new version, with original lyrics and vocals was titled "Needin U II" New releases of the single also included a new remix - "Dark Face Dub" which was also produced by Morales.