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New Beat

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New beat is a subgenre of house music that has stylistic similarities to several other electronic music genres, such as acid house, synthpop, HI-NRG and techno music. It's also a local crossover of electronic body music and early dark wave productions played a role in making this music what it is.

Grabbing some influences from house and techno, along with many other styles, the sound can be quite varied. Some may incorporate hard or aggressive synth sounds, while other may incorporate short rap passages or samples. For house music, the tempo is much slower, generally ranging from 100-115 beats per minute.

This genre of music is considered to be the first European dance style that is completely void of earlier European dance influences, such as Eurodisco, Italo disco and Eurobeat.

history of electronic music

It originated in Belgium during the middle to late 1980s and was a term to describe all "new" styles of electronic music with similarities to house and techno. At the time of its creation there weren’t very many specific genres, or subgenres within genres. As of today, most music which can be considered to fall into this genre would naturally fall into a different one by now.

The term was first used in the United States to refer to music which was similar to Detroit techno and Chicago house, but with distinct differences. The differences really just had to be anything that gave it a "new" sound, thus the genre.

Later, at around 1987, it was used in Belgium to describe a style similar to bodybeat. This term spread to the United Kingdom and was used to describe various local artists that produced acid house and techno rave during 1987-1988. It gained much popularity during the next couple of years, up until 1990.

Eurohouse took over at that point, but before it had completed faded from existence, it was used once more to describe many Belgian and German dance groups in the early 1990s. It was used in the same way it was used previously in the United States to describe an overall "new" dance style, rather than a special genre of its own.

New Beat Specifications

Average Beats Per Minute: 100-115

Where It Originated: Belgium

Stylistically Similar To: Acid House, Synthpop, Techno

Year Developed: Mid-1980s


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Acid House - One of the most influential genres for house music.

Balearic Beat - Mixing several styles of music, a slower, unique type of music.

Chicago House - House music that is produced in Chicago. As simple as that.

Deep House - A bit slower and more complex than general houses... I mean, house.

Electroclash - A clash of several different genres form the life of this music.

Electro House - Fusion genre of electroclash and tech house, but harder than both.

Electro Swing - A pretty new genre, fusing styles from swing and modern house music.

French House Music - House music that is produced by French artists, naturally.

Ghetto House - Minimalistic in nature, using simple drum patterns and dirty lyrics.

Hip House - A fusion genre of hip-hop and house music. Get with the beat!

Italo House - House music from Italy, incorporating some nice piano action!

Microhouse - A stripped down version of house music, with a taste of glitch.

New Beat - A term used to describe all of the new sounds of house music.

Progressive House - Progressing house music to the next level. Go, Experimentalists!

Tech House - Which do you like, techno or house? Now you can like both at once!

Tribal House - In the mood for some tribal music? Get your hands ready and come on!

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