Daptone Records is proud to present the debut single from the newest member of the Daptone family stable of stars, Jalen Ngonda! Presently residing in the UK, Jalen grew up just outside of Washington D.C., At the tender age of 11 his father introduced him to the joys of soul music, most notably Motown's robust catalog, which he soaked up like a thirsty sponge, guiding him on the path to become the remarkable artist that he is today. With this inaugural release Jalen delivers mid-tempo magic that will make you feel his Motown roots as opposed to wearing them on his sleeve. 'Just Like You Used To' drops with groove and vibe in equal measure, providing the perfect foundation for Jalen's vocals to soar. Clearly a keen student of the genre’s revered pioneers, Jalen possesses a rich, nuanced voice that sets him miles apart from other contemporaries. Inspiration for his compositions derives from a variety of places. “Everyday life. Anything, really,” he says. “To a stranger, I would say my music is soul/R&B, while trying to fit in the Beach Boys and the Beatles somewhere in between.” His first ever US tour brought him to New York City’s Summer Stage Festival, Picktathon, and the history-laden Newport Folk Festival. “The Newport Folk Festival was absolutely amazing,” says Jalen. “The crowd they bring every year just loves to hear good music. To think that so many great artists and bands played there in the past, you feel like you’re part of the festival’s timeline.” He’s also been a supporting act for Laura Mvula and Lauryn Hill at the Montreal Jazz Festival and wowed sold-out houses on his own in Germany, UK and Switzerland. This new offering is a sure-shot single poised to propel Jalen to the front of the pack and to join the next wave of stars who are continuing on the superlative tradition that Daptone has become known for over the years.