One of my goals with Opus has always been to shine a light on music that flies under the radar. That often takes the form of Swedish dark ambient, Japanese city pop, and German video game soundtracks. However, it’s also apropos when it comes to non-CCM Christian music from the ’80s, ’90s, and early ’00s, and even doubly so concerning Christian electronic music from that era.
This month’s playlist, titled “Rave Unto the Lord,” is a selection of Christian techno, dance, and electronic music from the ’90s. Believe it or not, but there was actually a thriving Christian electronic music scene at that time led by labels like Myx and N*Soul. Sadly, the incredibly niche nature of ’90s Christian electronic music means that a lot of it’s very hard to find, especially on streaming services. So consider this playlist just a glimpse into a much wider — and weirder and more unique — era of Christian music.
Accompanying the playlist is the latest episode of my“Playlist Breakdown” podcast, in which I spotlight one of the playlist’s songs and why it’s so special, interesting, and/or meaningful. In this month’s episode, I discuss “Psycho-Lizards (Sane Mix),” a deviation into the world of trance and house music from the guys behind Christian industrial pioneers Mortal.
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