Manderson originally made the track in 2007 and at the time it featured English singer-songwriter Neon Hitch on the chorus. However, when his record company folded the track was put on hold. Manderson then re-recorded the song with Lily Allen. He explained to Orange Music Store
how the collaboration came about: "We 'bumped into each other' on her Facebook. We had a conversation while she was actually somewhere in Europe. We spoke about 'I Need You Tonight
,' and I mentioned that I hadn't cleared the sample, but mentioned that I had the usage for 'Dub Be Good To Me,' so I was able to do a remake and she said that it was her favourite song ever. She wanted to hear what I had done with it, so I sent it over and she said, 'Why don't you let me sing the vocal and we can perform it live at festivals?', which was a jaw-dropping moment for me. A few weeks later, we were in the studio recording it; a few weeks after that we were at Bestival."