Garage house (originally known as "garage music"; also "New York house") is a dance music style that was developed alongside house music. Garage, which had a more soulful R&B-derived sound, was developed in the Paradise Garage nightclub in New York City and Club Zanzibar in Newark, New Jersey, United States, during the early-to-mid 1980s. There was much overlap between it and early house music, making it difficult to tell the two apart. It predates the development of Chicago house, and according to All Music, is relatively closer to disco than other dance styles. As Chicago house gained international popularity, New York's garage music scene was distinguished from the "house" umbrella. DJs playing this genre include Tony Humphries, Larry Levan and Junior Vasquez.[example's importance?]
In comparison to other forms of house music, garage is more polished, and it includes gospel-influenced piano riffs and female vocals. The genre was popular in the 1980s in the United States and the 1990s in the United Kingdom.
Dance music of the 1980s made use of electronic instruments such as synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines. These instruments are an essential part of garage music. The direction of garage music was primarily influenced by the New York City discothèque Paradise Garage where the influential DJ Larry Levan, known for his musical versatility and innovation, played records.
According to Blues & Soul, contemporary garage music started with Boyd Jarvis and Levan's The Peech Boys. Jarvis, using the Visual moniker, was behind 1983 recordings "Somehow, Someway" (Prelude Records - PRL D 650) and "The Music Got Me" (Prelude Records - PRL D 650), the latter especially influential, which later was sampled by mainstream house music record producers Robert Clivillés and David Cole of C+C Music Factory.
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"However, New York did not truly develop a recognized House music scene of its own until 1988 with the success of DJ Todd Terry--not until then did they understand what House music truly was all about. They did, though, have Garage.
[...] term as garage music now started about five years ago with the first Boyd Jarvis records and the group Visual who did the songs "Somehow, Someway" and "The Music Got Me"