Wider Worship: Electronica & Dubstep
Welcome a special monthly edition of Worship Wednesday! Contrary to what Christian radio might make you think, there’s a wide variety of worship music out there, in every genre imaginable. Our worship team and staff have put their music-loving heads together to come up with a series of posts featuring a new genre of worship music every month! See one of your favorite musicians in RIYL (Recommended If You Like)? Recognize a favorite song from Sunday mornings? Check out a new band! We hope something strikes your fancy and injects your everyday music listening with a little more worship.
This month, let’s explore…
Eikon does moody, ambient electronica covering known worship songs and with their original simple, prayerful lyrics. If you gave your screen a funny look when you saw today’s genre, start with Eikon – they have a whole album of covers, and the peaceful music and sparse lyrics of their original songs will win you over.
- RIYL: Hosier, Bastille, The Xx, Lorde
- Laura Suggests: “I Will Follow,” “Psalm Balm,” their cover of “Good Good Father”
Jasmine Guerrero’s dreamy music features passionate lyrics over slow EDM beats. A Kickstarter funded her debut EP, produced by Isla Vista Worship, where she sings with their worship team.
- RIYL: Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Sia, CHVRCHES
CASS is a 22-year-old from New Zealand who self-produced her rap- and R&B-influenced album, GENESIS, after feeling a pull from God to start writing more of her own music. She has a heart for both Christian and secular listeners, and wrote the songs on GENESIS specifically to try to bridge the gap.
- RIYL: the rap you started listening to after reading that Wider Worship, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Khalid
- Laura Suggests: “Stranger Things,” “Worth Fighting For“
Har Megiddo does Christian dubstep. Yes, it exists. He’s collaborated with Michael Ketterer of United Pursuit and others to create dance/house tracks with a message of hope. (Oh, and he has an EDM cover of “Carol of the Bells” called “Carol of the Synths.”) Most of his tracks don’t have lyrics, making this great music for getting your work done.
- RIYL: Deadmau5, Hardwell, the mellower end of the dubstep spectrum
Bright City is the worship collective of St. Peter’s in the British seaside town of Brighton. Their upbeat, electro-influenced pop features intentional, Spirit-fueled lyrics ranges from danceable tracks like “Colour” and “You Are The One Things” to anthems like “We Believe” and “Rock Of Our Salvation.”
- RIYL: “tropical house” and summer party music, The Chainsmokers, Katy Perry, Kygo