Daptone Records continues to build an impressive roster of artists and catalog of music that fits into the category of timeless and essential recordings to own and their latest release to find it’s way to our turntables by Jalen Ngonda fits perfectly into our rotation of Sunday listening.
Recently signing to the label, the UK’s Jalen Ngonda comes via Washington D.C. with a golden voice and has been a lover of soul music since being introduced to it at the age of 11 by his father and has been immersed within the sounds ever since. Pulling inspiration from some of his favorite singers and carrying on a long lineage of the greats, his debut single presents two sides of mid-tempo magic that will make you feel his Motown roots rather than 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. ‘What a Difference She Made’ digs deeper with the accompaniment of a lush string arrangement and plaintive vocal Jalen makes you feel every syllable down your bones.
With the combination of Jalen’s voice and Daptone production, this lead single is the perfect gateway into what will surely be a long and illustrious career for both past and future generations to enjoy.