While classic (Chicago) house music has a very strong funk influence, Garage House music is heavily influenced by soul music. It's more vocally and melody-driven (as opposed to beat-driven), and may be noted as having a disco influence as well. This style derived directly from the emotive music style favoured at the Paradise Garage club in New York, itself derived from disco, and was popular in the early 1990s, up to and including around 1994. In the European record shops, it was one the first styles available on the market, due to good distribution from New York labels such as Nervous Records and Strictly Rhythm.
Uk variants such as UK Garage and Speed Garage have their own tags.