One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of electronic dance music, popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, originating in Belgium, and characterized by a slow, mechanical beat.
1980s; earliest use found in i-D Magazine. From new + beat. The title of the article cited in quot. 1988 gives the Dutch or Belgian Dutch form Nieuw-Beat, but this is apparently not found elsewhere.
New Beat/ˌnjuː ˈbiːt/
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