Elvis Costello and The Roots announce Wise Up: Thought – Remixes & Reworks EP

Elvis Costello and The Roots

Elvis Costello and The Roots announce release of Remix EP on November 29th

Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced the release of Wise Up: Thought – Remixes and Reworks. The collection serves as the remix EP companion to the album Wise Up Ghost, the genre-defying collaborative tour de force from Elvis Costello and The Roots that was released earlier this year.

The EP will be released as an exclusive CD release as part of Record Store Days’s “Back To Black Friday” initiative on Friday, November 29, 2013 and available only via the participating independent retailers.

On the album, Costello and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson stirred a musical pot of gumbo, mixing together elements of soul, funk, hip hop, punk, and afro beat. Wise Up: Thought is a deconstructive plate of their soul stew and features genre-specific remixes and reworks that play off those included in the album’s sonic landscape.

J Dilla disciple and Stones Throw Records beat maker/drummer Karriem Riggins contributes four remixes on the hip hop front. Riggins’ remix of “Cinco Minutos Con Vos” features the Roots rapper Black Thought going toe to toe with Costello as he contributes his own brand of lyrical wordplay. Daptone Records artist Antibalas (of Fela! the Musical fame) contributes an afro beat reworking of lead single “Walk Us Uptown” while Menahan Street Band (a collective featuring members of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and El Michaels Affair) come with the Memphis-to-Muscle Schoals slow funk flavor in their rework of the song “Tripwire”.

The collection is available exclusively via Blue Note Records.

1. CINCO Minutos Con Vos – Karriem Riggins Remix Featuring Black Thought (4:09)
2. SUGAR Won’t Work – Karriem Riggins beat interlude (0:49)
3. Come The MEANTIMES – Karriem Riggins Remix (3:40)
4. The PUPPET Has Cut Its Strings – Karriem Riggins beat interlude (0:50)
5. TRIPWIRE – Menahan Street Band Rework (3:31)
6. VICEROY’S Row – Karriem Riggins beat interlude (1:22)
7. Walk Us UPTOWN – Antibalas Rework (Chico Mann Edit) (5:56)

Wise Up: Thought was produced by longtime Roots associate, Steven Mandel together with Elvis Costello, and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

For more information please visit:

Elvis Costello Official Website

The Roots Official Website