Elvis Costello / The Roots

Wise Up Ghost Remix EP

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Arriving a couple of months after the full-length Wise Up Ghost, the Wise Up: Thought & Remixes EP unsurprisingly emphasizes the Roots over Elvis Costello, finding space for Black Thought, who generally didn't get much of a showcase on the LP. He's heard straight out of the gate on "Cinco Minutos con Vos," where Costello is no more than coloring, but most of this record belongs to Karriem Riggins, the producer who supervises five of these seven expansive, funky remixes. Some of these cuts, particularly the ones with no Riggins involvement, don't screw with the contours of the original recording but that's fine: there are enjoyable twists and turns to be heard, so it's a nice addendum to an adventurous record.