Fernando Garibay knows a thing or two about emotional appeal. His work on Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster nabbed the songwriter a Grammy. You may also recognize his words on hit singles “Alejandro,” “Born This Way,” and other pop jams from artists including Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, and even Snoop Dogg. Now, you can hear what he does with a trance giant, because his latest credit is a beautiful, cascading collab with Armin van Buuren.
“I Need You” comes to life through ringing piano chords and the warm hug of a vocal from Olaf Blackwood. It’s poetic and passionate, but its more uplifting than earnest.
“It’s been truly inspiring to work with Fernando Garibay and Olaf Blackwood and to come up with something so musically adventurous,” van Buuren is quoted in a press release. “I am very proud of the result and can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of ‘I Need You.’”