Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

The story of the dance revolution - the beat, the clubs and the DJs that changed music culture. Following the 4/4 beat from disco through to the current EDM explosion.

House music is now one of the most popular music genres on the planet. The charts are packed with 4/4 tunes made or remixed by superstar DJs. The irresistible and relentless groove of the dance floor fills clubs and stadiums, themes the biggest TV shows and is the soundtrack to mega advertising. You can't escape the beat. But how did we get here?

In the first episode we follow the 4/4 beat from its disco origins through remix culture to house, techno, acid house and the current EDM explosion.

With contributions from disco legends Nicky Siano and Tom Moulton, house pioneers like Marshall Jefferson, Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk and Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Detroit techno inventors Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May and modern DJ superstars such as Pete Tong and David Guetta.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 3 Aug 2019 00:35


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Marshall Jefferson

    Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)

  • 00:03

    Salomé de Bahia

    Outro Lugar

  • 00:04

    The Ebonys

    It's Forever (Album Version)

  • 00:07

    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

    The Love I Lost

  • 00:08

    Roy Ayers

    Running Away

  • 00:09



  • 00:11

    Don Downing

    Dream World

  • 00:13


    I Don't Need No Music

  • 00:13

    Loleatta Holloway

    Love Sensation (A Tom Moulton Mix) (Dj Remix)

  • 00:13

    Donna Summer

    I Feel Love

  • 00:17

    Robert Johnson

    Sweet Home Chicago

  • 00:17

    Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

    Blinded By The Light

  • 00:17



  • 00:19



  • 00:20

    Klein & M.B.O.

    Dirty Talk

  • 00:21

    Liaisons Dangereuses

    Los Niños Del Parque (12"mix)

  • 00:22

    Isaac Hayes

    I Can't Turn Around

  • 00:27

    Aretha Franklin

    Precious Lord (Part Two)

  • 00:29



  • 00:32



  • 00:33

    Tangerine Dream

    Circulation of Events

  • 00:33


    The Robots

  • 00:34


    Alleys Of Your Mind

  • 00:35

    Rhythim Is Rhythim

    Nude Photo

  • 00:51

    A Guy Called Gerald

    Voodoo Ray

  • 00:39

    Inner City

    Good Life (Buena Vida)

  • 00:42

    A Certain Ratio

    Knife Slits Water

  • 00:43


    No Way Back

  • 00:46

    Joe Smooth

    Promised Land (Club Mix)

  • 00:52


    Theme From S'Express

    Remix Artist: Detlef.
  • 00:53


    Pure (Energy)

  • 00:53


    LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)

  • 00:51


    Theme From S'Express

    Remix Artist: Detlef.
  • 00:54

    Mr. Lee

    Pump Up London

  • 00:56

    808 State

    Pacific State

  • 00:56

    Rob Dougan

    Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)

  • 00:58

    Joey Beltram

    Energy Flash


Role Contributor
Director Nico Wasserman
Producer Nico Wasserman
Executive Producer Jez Nelson
Series Producer Steve Condie
Production Manager Lee-Anne Richardson
Production Manager Jenny James
Producer Mira Aroyo
Assistant Producer Nicky Lessware
Editor Craig Slattery


Featured in...