New Beat is a style of electronic music that originated in Belgium during the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is characterized by a heavy, repetitive four-on-the-floor beat, synthesizer riffs, and heavy bass lines. The genre is an amalgamation of several genres, including acid house, techno, EBM, and industrial music. The style rose to popularity in Europe, especially in Belgium, during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was also popular in the United States and Australia in the early 1990s. The genre has since faded in popularity, although it continues to influence modern electronic music.