Remix EP Out Now For Record Store Day! -
Elvis Costello and The Roots have released Wise Up:Thought Today!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 to critical acclaim. The EP available now as an exclusive CD releaseas part of Record Store Day's "Back To Black Friday" initiative and available only via the participating independent
retailers (PRESS HERE to find list of 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".
1.CINCO Minutos Con Vos – Karriem Riggins Remix Featuring
Black Thought (4:09)
2.SUGAR Won’t Work – Karriem Riggins beat
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.