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Choice cuts of odd Euro body music from Dutch legend Lebbink’s ‘90s house phase surface for 1st time on the Rubber sublabel of BAKK, ripe for heads into Dirk DeSaever’s new beat, Rudi Huybrechts’ EBM, or the noir bops of Victor De Roo and Stroom.
Dripping with Amsterdam sleaze and oddball cool, ‘Wat Doe Je Met Me?’ documents Lebbink’s aerobic soundtracks made mostly in private a decade after becoming a cult figure with with post-punk band Mecano and dropping a run of killer solo nuggz 1981-82. Something of a missing link in the development of wave styles to lowlands EBM and new beat during the ‘80s, Lebbink led a colourful life as a perform, then bouncer at Paradiso and eventually a fitness instructor when he moved away from the neon to more salubrious pursuits.
Dovetailing with prevailing house trends in the early ‘90s, the three tracks on ‘Wat Doe Je Met Me?’ were partly crafted with drum machines and samplers as soundtracks to Ton’s custom calisthenics. We’d love to know the routines to accompany the dark, driving Chicago-meets-Belgium jack of the title track, and likewise the fruitier boost of ‘For You’ with its cooing female vocal sample, and most definitely for the dark energy of ‘Denke Nie Gedacht Zu Haben’, which sounds like Die Dominas updated by Dirk Desaever and La Rolls.