Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass (XL remix) (9:14)
Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass (instrumental remix) (6:39)
Pong's Run (with Intergalactic Gary) (4:06)
Review: It's been 22 years since the release of I-F's razor-sharp Dutch electro anthem, "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass". Given the upsurge in interest in electro of late, it's little surprise to see the man himself offering up this reissue, which is focused around two previously digital-only revisions that first landed back in 2010. Stretched out across the A-side is the brilliant - and undeniably mind-altering - "XL Remix", a nine-minute revision that gives greater prominence to the producer's twisted electronic riffs, industrial strength melodies and dusty drum machine percussion. This time round, it comes accompanied by both a vocoder-free Instrumental take and "Pong's Run", a lesser-known collaboration with Intergalactic Gary that's slow, spacey, out-there and thoroughly intoxicating.
Review: Frustratingly, I-F's Viewlexx label is keeping tight-lipped about this rather fine EP. They've offered no details of the artist behind the project - or anything else for that matter - and their promotional spiel consists of one line in Latin. What we can tell you is that it's a suitably dystopian affair, with the mystery producer launching with a chunk of industrial-tinged experimental electronica (the decidedly fuzzy "Initiation"), before joining the dots between Cabaret Voltaire and Drexciya on the decaying dancefloor electro pomp of "Flight From Reason". Some will detect a nod towards Test Department on "Refuse Resist" and "Instrument of Power". Elsewhere, there's a looser and more alien feel to "Circle of Trust", while closer "The Wheel of Rituals" is deliciously dark and hypnotic.