MIMS Forgotten Treasures


Forgotten Treasure: Musiq Soulchild “Just Friends” E-Smoove Remix (2000)

One of my favorite albums of this year (don’t worry, there won’t be a list) is undoubtedly Black Radio by Robert Glasper Experiment. I remember being stuck at the halfway mark because once I heard Ah Yeah (Feat. Musiq Soulchild And Chrisette Michele) I decided to get reacquainted with the repeat button. This was my first conscious introduction to Taalib Johnson aka Musiq, who has been releasing soulful RNB hits for almost 13 years now.

After spotting an amazing 12” of his single Just Friends (Sunny) at a local record store, I just knew I’d eventually have to share it with the MIMS crowd and dig deeper into his catalogue. I love the original version for it’s unapologetically straightforward and open-hearted lyrics, pleasant vibes and tongue-in-cheek beat box intro (pun intended), however nothing tops E-Smoove’s Soul Revival remix (not even the playful Masters At Work Dub). There’s just something about the way those loungey piano chords and jazzy guitar riffs tease each other over a swinging house beat.

Musiq – Just Friends (E Smoove Remix)


As a bonus, here’s another track I can’t stop listening to (and singing around town):


About the Author

Doc’trin is an up-and-coming dj/dance machine/lady killer who brings a unique selection of disco/house/funky/bass/2-step/techno/beats to the Montreal scene. He plays anything from bus-stop sets to corporate fashion shows and is an after-party enthusiast.

  • Unprogrammedminds

    Very nice remix but I think I still prefer MAW’s reworking. That dub is too much!

    Proof that more R&B vocalists should step inside the House more often.

    • DoctrinMTL

      For sure! Dub is great too :)

  • Annick Maugile

    Oh man I love Musiq! Thank you for bringing him to the MIMS table Doc’trin.
    Have you seen Sarah Mk’s rendition of this track? She did one way back and I still find myself googling it from time to time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Vk_M-E5UA

    • Dan Catalfamo


    • Doc’trin

      Thanks I have Sarak MK on FB, but never knew she covered this song! Beautiful. Makes me want to learn piano…