Mecca:83 is a Manchester based artist, music producer and compulsive record collector…
Mecca:83, real name Evan Jones, has been knee deep in vintage drum machines and dusty records for over a decade. With a collaboration list that includes the likes of Grap Luva, Jneiro Jarel, Von Pea (Tanya Morgan), Daye Jack and Scorzayzee, he has spent the last decade honing a production style that blends deep jazz samples, swinging drums and a healthy amount of live instrumentation.
Past projects include the sample based jazz album “Messages” (under the Pseudonym ‘Rise’), released on London’s Futuristica Music in 2011 and supported by the likes of Giles Peterson and GiantStep. The first full length album as Mecca:83 was released shortly thereafter, taking influences from golden era Hip Hop and the contemporary beat scene alike. The record landed itself a place in Bonafide Magazine’s top 50 records of 2012, as well as radio rotation from Lefto, Kutmah and Soulection’s Joe Kay amongst others.
In subsequent years Mecca has continued to create new solo work, aliases and group projects: including two records as Alexis Davis (with Replife, Spinnerty and Simon S) and an EP as Redefinition (with DistantStarr and Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble), as well a numerous production, remix and compilation credits along the way.
In 2017, Mecca is putting the finishing touches to the third and final installment in the Life Sketches trilogy, due to be released later this year via Swedish label NineToFive Records.
Press & Feedback
“Some of the stuff that I heard [from him], it really touched my soul because his music is just… in a spiritual realm, somewhere else.” – Scorzayzee
“Mecca 83 translates influences from Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul into a futuristic sonic realm with his laidback electronic beats” – Dazed & Confused
“An ethereal, jazzy take on boom bap, equal parts Air’s Moon Safari and Minnie Riperton circa her work with Rotary Connection – The Guardian
“Deftly straddles the line between hip hop and jazz reminiscent of luminaries like J Dilla.” – Surviving The Golden Age
“Warm headnod vibes” – Ennio Styles
“Yes. The vibes i’m looking to feel. play and dig” – Miles Bonny
“Master of the late night grooves and after hours beats” – Passion Weiss