We don’t know if it’s fair or whether it’s politically correct, but our expectations around the sophistication of rhythm, and particularly percussion, are heightened when we note that a song has a connection to South Africa. “Rollin’” doesn’t disappoint. The single from Shaun Jacobs is ushered in via large-diameter drumming; and the rhythm, while varied in its presentation, is consistently infectious with respect to spreading to body parts of the listener.
Still, the attractiveness of “Rollin’” is more than its rhythmic contributions. The voice of Shaun Jacobs is impassioned. There are elements of Soul and Blues. We enjoy the guitar-driven bridge (at 0:36) almost as much as the piano-driven bridge that begins one minute later.
Shaun Jacobs moved for his hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa, despite his growing success in his home country. Jacobs won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for the Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. He was also nominated for Best Producer and Best Engineer. Jacobs is now based in Los Angeles.