September 3, 2021
Funk, boogie, and soul from the Japanese DJ’s NYC HQ.
In VF Live, our favourite DJs take you inside their homes, record stores, and studios, for intimate mixes and performances.
DJ Mihoko started out her the mid-’90s as a founding member of Japan’s first female reggae sound system. Mihoko then began touring her home nation extensively, while taking occasional trips to Jamaica to cut dubplates.
Moving to NYC in ’98, Mihoko soon picked up a number of residencies and guest spots at venues such as the Limelight, Speed, Cheetah, Lotus, and 60 Thompson. Adapting to New York’s genre-spanning club scene, she began blending a wide variety of musical styles including hip-hop, soul, funk, disco, boogie, Afro-beat, and house, while still drawing heavily on her reggae roots.
For her latest VF Live set, Mihoko plays rare groove, funk, and soul from her NYC HQ.
Watch and listen to the set above, and check out the tracklist below.
1. Candi Staton – Summer Time With You
2. Nohelani Cypriano – Lihue
3. Brief Encounter – Human
4. Freda Payne – I Get High(On Your Memory)
5. Natural Four – Try Love Again
6. Arnold Blair – Trying To Get Next To You
7. The Moments – Sugar Sugar
8. Jon Lucien – Would You Believe In Me
9. Lou Courtney – I Don’t Need Nobody Else
10. Weldon Irvine – I Love You
11. Leroy Hutson – Love The Feeling
12. Eloise Laws – Ain’t It Good Feeling Good