She Knows is a four-track EP from Louisiana’s Mena. The vibe here is very much in the early 80s soul beat ballad vein.
Teaming up with Hip-Hop producer Carlos Stephens, Mena and Stephens create sounds that evoke a fusion between Hip-Hop, gospel, R&B, and Jazz. The slick, classy ‘She Knows’ is a laid back groover, ‘Hand In Hand’ is a more urgent dancer that has touches of classic club soul. Highlights also include “Want Me” with its slowly building string samples and rhythms that kick in at just the right time and “Us Two” which is a must-hear for all jazz lovers. This album takes the Jazz sound and injects a healthy dose of soul. The result is 4 tracks that would probably be perfect for a high-tech lounge orbiting high above Earth in the distant future.
Witness the magic down below.