The World Of Bleep and Booster is one of the great lost electronic albums. It was issued by London Records in 1994, but I’m not sure that stock copies were ever produced. I’ve never seen one. My copy is a promo in a gatefold card sleeve that I picked up for a quid a decade back on the off-chance that it might be interesting. I knew nothing about the group, but found out later that it was ex-ABC man Steve Singleton with a chap called Dave Lewin. The album is a strong collection of electro-pop and quasi-ambient mood pieces. There isn’t a weak moment, but the highlight, and only track that is really quite well known, is “Genki”. It was released as a single prior to the album’s (non) appearance and was included on the David Toop compiled Ocean Of Sound electronica compilation in 1997.
“Genki” is a weird track. It’s a sprightly electro piece with echoes of Kraftwerk but has a strange sampled vocal that sounds a bit like one of the Mogwai from Gremlins or some such odd creature. Speeded up alien sounding voices were common in the early days of acid house, but this vocal is truly alien. Slightly Pinky and Perky-esque (ask your mum), it treads a fine line between irritating and affecting. In the end it comes down as the latter, otherwise it wouldn’t be here. A real eccentric classic.