Eddie Kendricks: Date With the Rain (Disco Remix)
From 12″ (Duotone, 2001?)

I do not exaggerate when I say that this extended remix is one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

“Date With the Rain” is a most amazing dancefloor cut, like some magical song you enjoy while hopped up on E or ‘shrooms except without the need for mind-altering substances. Sublimely funk/groovy, builds with patience but delivers quickly, and understands how to use repetition to maximum effect. I suppose you can enjoy this on headphones but really, you need to be knee-deep in a club, with this easing out of the speakers and you’ll understand just how awesome it is.

The original song appears on Kendrick’s People…Hold On which just happens to be one of the greatest soul albums of the ’70s (every cut smokes) but what DJ Dimitri (yeah, of Dee-Lite fame) does on this remix is extend on the song and create something that preserves the integrity of the original yet is so much better than most people I know don’t even remember how Kendrick’s OG went.

The 12″ of this is still readily available but I don’t know if it’s on CD at all (sorry ya’ll – time to blow the dust off your turntables).