On my desktop right now I have a fat stack of (digital) albums. I tend to go on wild downloading binges (legally), picking up projects which catch the eye. Right now I got records from One Be Lo, Big K.R.I.T., Danny Brown, and countless other emcees just sitting there, waiting to be heard. But you know who I got on repeat? An emcee out of New Jersey named mc enigma, whose 2011 record, S.A.R.A.H. (Someone As Real As Her), sounds like a dusty cassette tape from straight out of 1993, long lost… until now.
And I mean that in the best way possible.
Dedicated to a now-ex girl (sorry to hear about it, bruh!), S.A.R.A.H. is an album dedicated to love and the highs of being with that special someone. A thoughtful and worldly dude, enigma brings a whimsical kind of mood to the record, providing relaxed, sunny-afternoon music, with a fuzzy sound that feels quite DIY and reiterates that lost ’90s tape vibe. I enjoy the catchy beats, the light feel, and that smooth, take-it-easy appeal (and as you know I’m all about that!),
“The Dopest Ethiopian,” the title plucked from a classic Pharcyde track, is just one of those listens, as enigma recounts running into a fantastic girl. Dig those horns and irrepressible guitar lick!