Release Date: Jan 24, 2006
Record label: Astralwerks
With Generation, Audio Bullys only exacerbate the comparisons that dogged their 2003 debut, Ego War. Tom Dinsdale and Simon Franks sport a clean, ultra-modern sound that's post-Streets, post-Jaxx, post -Guy Ritchie. But they rarely go further than referentialism, and this means Generation is pretty unoriginal in its pirate material. There's a resigned roguishness about "Keep on Moving," "Eq-ing," and "Struck by the Sound" -- the raps are about back in the day when geezers wore Stone Island and rolled birds down the corner, contrasted to a fantasy present when everyone's loading pistols for an inevitable gunfight.