New remix EP and upcoming DJ Spinna marathon live set celebrate EWF’s most enduring hit
The world as it stands might be in a bowl of hot garbage. But when there’s songs like Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 global hit “September,” its beasy to let your worries wash themselves away in that unshakable groove.
This month, EWF and their longtime label Legacy Recordings, will release “September” 2020, remixed by Eric Kupper and now available for streaming and download. I’m not sure how you could make a song like “September”–co-written by two recent angels up in Heaven, Maurice White and Allee Willis–better somehow but Kupper–whose roots can be found at the learning tree of such pioneering DJs as Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Arthur Baker and has worked with everyone from Curtis Mayfield to Kate Bush–found a way.
Meanwhile, there was a “September” dance challenge popping off on TikTok, snippets of which can be found below.
VIDEO: “September” TikTok Challenge
What’s even cooler is DJ Spinna, he of the indelible Wonder Wrote It mixtape will be hosting a 3-hour tribute celebration on the actual 21st night of September at 4pm – 7pm PST / 7pm – 10pm EST. The virtual party will stream on the Earth, Wind & Fire YouTube channel. Principal band members, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson will drop in along with special guests.
Last week, 42 years after the original release, “September” debuted at #4 on the Billboard LyricFind U.S. chart, a rare occurrence for a catalogue song. On September 17, the single was certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA.
“When I first heard the mastered final mix of ‘September,’ at our private listening party back in the day,” said Philip Bailey. “I would never have guessed that such a simple catchy song as it is, and was, would become an all time global favorite for generations.”
Through the decades, “September” has been a consistently best-selling track, achieving RIAA Gold (when Gold meant 1 million units sold) and, as of September 2017, had sold more than 2 million digital copies in the US alone. The single was certified RIAA 6x Platinum in September 2020. Pre-order the EP here.
VIDEO: Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (Eric Kupper 2020 remix)