dreamcrusher vs. Kill Alters
Based in Brooklyn, Luwayne Glass, better known as Dreamcrusher, makes "nihilist queer revolt musik", their own brand of visceral experimental noise music that drags as much inspiration from hip-hop as it does punk and shoegaze. Glass has been releasing jaw-clenching, genre-blurring sounds since the early 2000s, most recently joining NYC's PTP stable to issue a run of releases that has cemented their sound. On 2020's 'Another Country', Glass dessicates harmonic waves of distorted guitar and pained vocals with bruising industrial rhythms, and on their 'Suite ONE' and 'Suite TWO' EPs, takes samples from The Charlatans, Kool & The Gang, Brunst and Benny Benassi, mutating them into searing, acerbic bombs.
Formed in 2013 by bandleader Bonnie Baxter alongside producer Nicos Kennedy and drummer Hisham Bharoocha (aka Soft Circle), Kill Alters is an unclassifiable, disorientating and carnivalesque explosion of noise, psychedelia and grotesque ecstasy. Baxter's breathless vocals curl hypnotically around machine-gun percussion and overdriven sonic throbs; there's metal, hardcore, brutalist techno and ritualistic loops, but it's never completely overwhelming. The band's last two albums were released on Chicago's cult Hausu Mountain imprint, and juxtapose tape-dubbed childhood memories with urgent post-punk rasps, jerky beats and surreal, technicolor soundscapes.