Single Of The Week: Lukas Setto – What Turns You On (Insane Records, Ltd)
What turns you on is just what we aim to get you via our suggestions along with time…
Many of you might have never heard of Lukas Setto as of now. Although such a situation shouldn’t last. With Discogs lookin’ like in the same position as a matter of fact. Where no mention of the man can be found by the time writing these lines. But when I say no mention of the man, I mean as Lukas Setto. As the guy isn’t totally a newcomer. Leavin’ his signature, as Lee Henry or Jadan Lee on two limited releases in the past. In other words, ‘Y Did You Leave?’ as Tru Menace featuring Lee Henry some time back in 2006. Then ‘Definitely You’ as Jadan Lee, five years later. Meanwhile, a bit of extra research work should let you know he also managed to do some remixing work.
More than ten years have gone, and the man has pretty much matured as one might guess. Most likely set to make some waves while debutting as Lukas Setto with the aptly titled ‘What Turns You On’. And pretty much destined to take the ever boiling UK Soul scene by storm.
‘What Turns You On’ is just what it says. Bringing the listener under cloud nine from the very first moment. Meanwhile sounding like an unlikely meeting between Michael Jackson‘s ‘I Can’t Help It’ and Maxwell‘s ‘Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)’.
Lee Henry got his early influences from the record collection of his dad who happened to be a DJ. In other words, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. He studied popular music at the Stanmore College, MIDDX, where he put together his first composition back in the early days of 2006. This by the likes of ‘Y Did You Leave?’ as Tru Menace featuring Lee Henry. With the latter becoming a Number One hit on MTV Base.
Whilst still in college, Lee became the recipient of The Urban Music Award for Best Unsigned Artist (under the name of Lee Henry). An event he celebrated by wowing the audience with his live rendition of the self-penned ‘You Know Me’. Recognition had finally come for a boy who had excelled at sports, was distracted by the rites of passage of a troublesome youth and then, as an adult, was redeemed by the power of song.
With his UMA in hand as Tru Menace, Lee’s production pseudonym, he started doin’ remixes. Eventually reworking Omar‘s ‘Sing (If You Want It)’ for the Tru Thoughts label among others. Omar, speakin’ of whom he said he “showed me the ropes on the live scene…”
One could also hear him a couple of years after as Jadan Lee with ‘Definitely You’. A cut that eventually got a push when appearing in the episode 11 of South Korean television series ‘The Heirs’ back in 2013.
Treading the boards from the Jazz Café to the Shepherds Bush Empire and upwards, Lee has supported Omar, Ne-Yo, Timbaland and Floetry. He continued to nurture his musical roots collaborating with Shanell. But also writing and co-producing tracks for X Factor finalist Bradley Johnson from the Group Nu Vibe and Kitty Brucknell.
Now after some trials and tribulations as Jadan Lee – the man is on his way to open a new chapter in his life. This while following a new direction. And, in the meantime, givin’ birth to an extra alter ego by the likes of Lukas Setto. With Setto being the nickname a college friend of his gave him because of his smooth falsetto vocals.
Currently focusing his attention in the studio where he’s putting the final touches to his upcoming debut-album, Lukas Setto makes the date. This with the release of the outstanding ‘What Turns You On’. And no doubt as to how the latter should count among the sensations of this year…
“I’ve been fortunate to work with some inspirational people”, enthuzes Setto. “One of the most inspiring being Laurie Jay who was the former manager of Billy Ocean…”
A star in the making… Time will tell!