Watch List: Vulture St. Tape Gang Organizes Spontaneity for 'Mick’s Nuts'
Just as no two snowflakes are exactly alike, no musician’s set is ever identical to any other. On a fundamental level, set lists change from show to show, and more minutely, a guitar solo can lose or gain a few flourishes with each new performance and a singer occasionally forgets the words to a song. With Brisbane’s Vulture St. Tape Gang – yet another denizen of Wondercore Island’s wildly innovative roster – the sample-heavy trio take their cue from Ezra Pound’s “make it new” mantra, ensuring that the guaranteed constant in their output is mutability.
Mick's Nuts "Side A"
Due to their choice of mixers, once one sample is swapped out for another, it is never heard from again, making every VSTG tune one-of-a-kind. Luckily, they bear a handful of mixtapes, bottling the lightning that strikes within their improvisational beat-making sessions. Mick’s Nuts, their latest, features 57 movements that span the course of sides A and B of the tape; a full hour in all.
Mick's Nuts "Side B"
While their unpredictability factor lends itself to a wide variety of sounds and styles found here (with the occasional resurgence of the Incan flute), their beats most closely resemble those of Shabazz Palaces: abstract, mindful of musical progression, and hulking with dazed, vintage synth work and an ounce of grit. Like J Dilla’s similar classic Donuts, Mick’s Nuts plays like the musical equivalent of a window shopper. You can’t tire of these tracks because you never have time to. Once a piece fully exhales and says what it’s meant to say, the plug is pulled and a new idea blossoms.