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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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New York house, also known as New York garage, US garage or just garage, is a style of house music born in the Paradise Garage nightclub in New York City, USA in the early 1980s. It is not to be confused with UK garage, which evolved out of the acid house and rave scene in the UK in the mid 1990s.

The main key DJ involved with the evolution of this style of music was Larry Levan, the resident DJ at the Paradise Garage, who defined a unique style of mixing between dubs of disco records. Over time, the term "garage" in the US came to mainly describe the more soulful, gospel-inspired styles of disco and house music first made popular by Tony Humphries at club Zanzibar in Newark, NJ.

In the 1990s, the New Jersey sound became distinctly different to in New York. Although the Paradise Garage was a New York club, the label "Garage" came to be associated with the New Jersey sound over time as the bond between the Paradise Garage and club Zanzibar was strong. A rawer, "blacker" sound, as described above, became the signature style in North Jersey. Meanwhile in 90s New York a more Latin, Tribal sound took over thanks to Junior Vasquez and his disciples at the Sound Factory. However, the garage tradition returned in force with Body & Soul, a collective formed by Francois K., Danny Krivit and Joaquin "Joe" Claussell, and its immensily popular sunday sessions (now defunct). Louie Vega has continued to perform regularly on Wednesdays, although without the popularity he has in Europe or Japan. Timmy Regisford is another stalwart of the NYC house community with his Saturday night parties at legendary Club Shelter.


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  • Touch - Without You
  • Blaze - Can't Win For Losing
  • Blaze - If You Should Need A Friend
  • The Basement Boys - Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
  • Aly-Us - Follow Me
  • Masters At Work - I Can't Get No Sleep
  • Bäs Noir - I´m Glad You Came To Me
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  • Don Carlos - Alone
  • Adeva - Warning
  • Kym Mazelle - I´m A Lover
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