Ah the muchly hyped Audio Bullys. I didn't really get into Ego War at all, the beats lacked a certain edge and the punky edged MCing over the top really didn't do it for me at all. People compared it alot to The Streets and its easy to see why, but unfortunately where The Streets had a certain raw charm with a fantastic story teller at the helm, Audio Bullys just really didn't impact at all. HOWEVER, I remember reading about them in the build up of hype when they were just about to hit big. I was impressed by their roots, everything from punk to Chicago house. This is what their Back To Mine mix reflects. An ambitious rude bwoy mix of old house (like the blueprints to what is now our UK Garage scene, New Horizons, Wildchild, X-Presidents), wonderful ska from Madness and The Specials, classic punk from The Stranglers and a few bits of dub and the rave glory of Prodigy's Out Of Space thrown in for good measure. Now in the past, a few of the Back To Mine mixes have fallen through with such an ambitious mix of styles (Underworld, Orbital ... I'm looking at you!), they have lacked a certain direction and coherancy. This, however, gels together perfectly, the jumps from house to punked up ska work perfectly. It never feels jump start. The inclusion of a new Audio Bullys track is also a bonus, and even got my toe tapping ... and has even prompted me to perhaps go back and re-review Ego War to see if my initial feelings about it were justifed.
This is definately more lively a mix than say Nick Warren or Dave Seaman's Back To Mine, but certainly its a goodie. It has its own distinct style and charm. Certainly some nostalgia was brought back to my memory from hearing the original Renegade Master once again. If you weren't impressed by Ego War, this still deserves a listen, its a quality selection, plus its nice to hear all the elements that go together to make the Audio Bullys sound. It might make you think twice about them.