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For a while now, I’ve been a fan of the techno / electronica / worship group the Prodigal Sons.  Well, that’s not exactly true.  I’ve been a fan in theory.  You see, the problem was that they hadn’t made a new album in about 8 years, which made it hard to find anything.

Well, all that will soon be over.  I just found out that, after 8 years off, they’re working on a fifth album which will hopefully be released soon.

Head on over to www.myspace.com/prodigalsons to listen to streaming samples.  The stuff is awesome.  It’s more than good techno – it’s worship music without words.  I think you’ll love it.

I can’t wait till the album is released.  I’ve been waiting for stuff like this for a while.

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If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recognize Todd Berger’s name from his work with Enter the Worship Circle on the Village Thrift Circa 2005 album, back from… uh… right around 2005.  Together with Ben and Robin Pasley, Ryan Lott, and Doc Harrill, Todd helped create something genuinely new in worship music, which is a rare thing when it happens.  Overall, I liked the album.  I thought some songs were phenomenal, some were really good, and some just shouldn’t have made the final cut.  Like most albums, it was a mix of good and bad, but what it did more than anything was prove that a worship album didn’t have to be Chris Tomlin-influenced worship-rock (which there’s nothing wrong with), redone hymns (also, nothing wrong here), or simple acoustic songs ala Enter the Worship Circle’s normal stuff (again, nothing wrong with that either).

There’s a new Village Thrift album in the works, which should be even better than the first, but while you’re waiting, Todd Berger is about to release his own solo album, And Have Not Love.

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As you probably know, the Village Thrift series of re-mixed worship music put out mainly by Ben and Robin Pasley of 1000 Portraits and Enter the Worship Circle depends on you to make the remixes.  Ben and Robin and the other artists involved provide a framework, and then the rough recordings are given out to the community to be re-mixed and edited.

The guys have finished the rough recordings (or 8-packs) for the new Village Thrift: Circa 2008 album, and the best remixes and edits will make it to the final recording.  They’ll be releasing 2 8-packs a week for the next 10 weeks, for free download, so start editing now.  Get what you need right here.

Or, if you’re like me, just download the rough recordings and enjoy the songs for their own sakes.  If I had the right software, I’d love to see if I could make a cool mix… but until then the songs are pretty sweet in and of themselves.

If you think of hippy drum circles and acoustic guitar when you think of Enter the Worship Circle, you’ll be surprised with their Village Thrift side of things.

Village Thrift is Ben and Robin Pasley, Todd Berger, and Ryan Lott taking songs that Enter the Worship Circle could easily have done, but stripping them of all that makes you think ETWC and filling them in with techno samples, DJ mixes, and funky electronic sounds.

It’s not the best electronic / techno I’ve heard, but it’s some of the most original and most anointed for worship.

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