To say that Chase & Status and UK hip-hop MC Professor Green have exposed Maverick Sabre to EDM and hip hop fans this year would be an understatement. Within the past year he has broken into the top 20 on the UK singles chart, worked with the top UK hip hop acts, and he’s had extensive airplay on BBC Radio 1. Pair his unbelievable vocal talents with the amazing production talents of Cookie Monsta, Brookes Brothers, and Zed Bias, and the result is the I Need remixes. Officially enlisting red-hot producers for remixes isn’t new territory for Maverick Sabre. His previous tune, Let Me Go, received proper remixes from Roksonix, Shy FX & Benny Page, True Tiger, and Mike Delinquent and were officially released alongside his original tune. The release of I Need is no different, with all remixed versions of the tune seeing a simultaneous release with Maverick’s original edit.
The Brookes Brothers remix of I Need is required listening for all drum’n’bass fans. It’s pure dnb dancefloor pressure, with a skillfully modulated lead synth complimented by a syncopated shuffle rhythm. Cookie Monsta’s remix is a dubstep masher, with the main synth line providing an anxious energy that is perfectly punctuated by Maverick’s calming, soulful vocals. As the main synth dives in pitch, it morphs into wobbly madness that any fan of Circus Records will find highly addictive. The garage edit of I Need is authored by Zed Bias, who does a great job at blurring the lines between mainstream pop and UK garage. The tune’s rolling drum pattern offers the typical 2-step appeal, while its obscure percussive elements add to the complexity of the rhythm. Alongside what seems to be a timpani, Zed Bias has layered in additional vocals by UK rapper Donae’o. Mercury Records successfully integrated Maverick Sabre into several different genres of dance music with the remixes of Let Me Go, and they have done it again with the remixes of I Need. Lightning really can strike twice!