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New Beat

Probably the most common use of the term "New Beat" is to describe the slow dance songs created by Belgian bands such as A Split Second, Lords of Acid, Amnesia and Confetti's in the late 1980's. New Beat drew on a wide range of influences including new wave, synthpop, Hi-NRG, industrial, acid house and Detroit techno. Belgian bands with a similar style that came to prominence in the 1990's such as Praga Khan, Cubic 22 or T99 are more likely to be described as rave or hardcore or more recently 'old school. Read more on