The 2 Kings label was originally conceived in 1990 by Jack Lundie and Andy Scholes to publish their own production work under the name of Henry & Louis.
The first 2 Kings release was “How Can A Man” with the B side “Love and Understanding” mixed at the legendary Smith And Mighty’s studio in Ashley Road, St Paul’s, Bristol with vocals by Andy Scholes. This was re-vocaled in 1996 by Johnny Clark on the album ”Time Will Tell” Too Late featuring Prince Green, an artist that they have always collaborated with, although his whereabouts in Jamaica are currently not exactly known.
The label has always put reggae production at its heart, though the sound is not a conventional dub sound. Our approach has been to express a Roots & Culture philosophy first and foremost and sometimes that sounds very much aligned with the UK Roots scene, but other tracks pull in wider influences from Dubstep to Trip-Hop. The feeling comes first and the sound follows – that’s how we roll. The first 2 Kings studio (that wasn’t also a bedroom) was based at the Vision Factory on Zetland Road in Bristol. The influences that characterize the 2 Kings sound are predominantly dub-related and stem from both Jamaican masters like King Tubby, Scientist and Scratch Perry, to contemporary exponents such as Smith & Mighty, Adrian Sherwood and Jah Shaka. Other reggae influences come from Hugh Mundell, Johnny Clark, Nagga Morris, Barry Brown, Horace Swaby, Dennis Brown and Niney The Observer. The 2 Kings sound is built on a powerful bass platform and pulls in old school production flavours like looped space echos, mid-range EQ sweeps and spring reverbs.
Andy Scholes comes from a deep roots music involvement, triggered by his brother Mark giving him Scientists ‘How the West was Won’ in 1981 and leading to him joining Bristol sound system Red Eye Hi Power (Saul Hooper, Kevin Rogers, Andy Scholes) through which reggae became his way of life. Inspired, Andy started to write and learn ways of producing original Roots music, setting up Henry and Louis with his brethren Jack Lundie in 1988 and starting up the label 2 Kings records in 1990. Andy is now a touring DJ, recording artist and producer with the 2 Kings sound. Alongside this he is a busy record label owner with artists such as Prince Jammo, Pinch, RSD and SickmanD. Andy is also looking to arrange another trip to Jamaica to do some recording later this year or early next year, all obviously having been delayed due to the Covid pandemic.
Reggae was also Jack Lundie’s first musical love, though he had also been involved with local Bristol bands before forging the Henry & Louis partnership with Andy upon which 2 Kings is founded.