"Wise Up: Thought - Remixes and Reworks" is the remix EP companion to the album "Wise Up Ghost", the genre-defying collaborative tour de force from Elvis Costello and the Roots. On the album Costello and Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson stirred the 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 albums sonic landscape. J Dilla disciple and Stones Throw Records beat maker/drummer Karriem Riggins contributed 4 new exclusive remixes and 3 interludes on the hip hop front. Riggins remix of 'Cinco Minutos Con Vos' features the Roots rapper Black Thought going toe to toe with Costello with his own brand of lyrical wordplay. Daptone Records artists Antiballas (of Fela, The Musical! fame) contribute an afro beat reworking of lead single 'Walk Us Uptown'. Daptone Records own Menahan Street Band (A collective featuring members of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and El Michaels Affair) come with the Memphis-To Muscle Shoals slow funk flavor in their rework of 'Tripwire'.
A1 Cinco Minutos Con Vos (Karriem Riggins Remix) 4:09
A2 Sugar Won't Work (Karriem Riggins Interlude) 0:49
A3 Come The Meantimes (Karriem Riggins Remix) 3:40
A4 The Puppet Has Cut His Strings (Karriem Riggins Interlude) 0:50
B1 Tripwire (Menahan Street Band Rework) 3:31
B2 Viceroy's Row (Karriem Riggins Interlude) 1:22
B3 Walk Us Uptown (Antibalas Rework) (Chico Mann Edit) 5:55