Born Evan Jones, Macclesfield, 1983
Mecca:83 has been knee deep in vintage drum machines and dusty records for over a decade. With a collaboration list that includes the likes of Tom Misch, 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.
“An ethereal, jazzy take on boom bap, equal parts Air’s Moon Safari and Minnie Riperton circa her work with Rotary Connection”
– The Guardian
In subsequent years Mecca 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 released the third and final installment of the Life Sketches trilogy via the Swedish NineToFive label. The record was warmly received, with features in Okayplayer, PassionWeiss and The Find Mag amongst others. CD and Vinyl editions of the album were subsequently licensed and released by Japan’s Rockwell Product Shop in early 2018.
2018 thus far has seen the release of the Midnight Radio EP in both digital and vinyl formats, as well as a slew of compilation & remix credits for labels like Inner Ocean and Stay Cool. Stay tuned for more.
“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.”
“Mecca 83 translates influences from Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul into a futuristic sonic realm with his laidback electronic beats”
– Dazed & Confused