Seven years in the waiting, nearly three in the making and a testament to musicâs spiritual capacity to heal, âNo Boundariesâ has arrived. Musically, its creator Roger Shah is a man with a considerable amount to say and a tireless amount studio energy to do it with. Album-wise however itâs not ten he does it under his own name. Given the wealth his output, âNo Boundariesâ – surprisingly perhaps – is the first Roger Shah long-player to see the light since âOpenminded?!â back in 2011.
Interspaced between have been five mix-compilations, a range soundtracks & side projects and – under many an alias (most notably Sunlounger and High Noon At Salinas) – several albums. As such youâd be more than forgiven for losing sight the time slip thatâs opened up between âOpenminded?!â and âNo Boundariesâ.
Even for studioholics like Roger, albums donât happen overnight. âNo Boundariesâ process came together at a more measured pace than any his projects before it. Though its production took place during a period personal loss for Roger (with the passing his mother), this was as much down to the albumâs range & scope. It took the better part 3 years for its 30 tracks to be completed and drawn together.
A frankly massive contingent by any long-playing standards, âNo Boundariesâ features a comparably impressive ensemble singers, songwriters and other artistic partnerships. Moya Brennan, JES, Carla Werner, Natalie Gioia, Jennifer Rene and Susana are just some the names marshaled to its starry vocal cast. Alongside them Rogerâs rejoined by singers whose tones have become all-but synonymous with his work. âNo Boundariesâ sees the return regular Shah players such as Yoav, LeiLani, Inger Hansen, Zara Taylor and Adrina Thorpe. As singers, so producer team-ups abound. Aly & Fila, Sied van Riel, Stoneface & Terminal, RAM and Feel are just some the fellow studio-heads whoâve rallied to âNo Boundariesâ creation.
Right away the first disc delivers a cornucopia standouts. Clannadâs Moya Brennan features on the heart-stirring âReasons To Liveâ, while keeping it in the family, daughter Aisling Jarvis delivers a hat-trick incredible performances through âWhen Youâre Hereâ, âHold Your Head Up Highâ and âCall Me Homeâ. LeiLaniâs âLove Heals Youâ and âEternal Timeâ strike at emotional centres, as does Rogerâs most recent single â the JES-treated âStar-crossedâ. Lent voice by Inger Hansen, Rogerâs creative reconsideration dance classic âCastles In The Skyâ shines, as do âFireâ & âSkylineâ – new productions voiced by Zara Taylor and Adrina Thorpe respectively.
On itâs road to release, Roger said âNo Boundariesâ âmy idea was to create a unique journey for the listener to take. Its production has certainly been that for me. Working on it over the longer time period has been an experience as different as itâs been hindsight revealing. When I listen to each individual song, I can really hear what I was going through whilst making it. Itâs wonderful to now be able to experience them all together, collected in this album form.”
âNo Boundariesâ creation also coincided with a markedly difficult time for him personally. Roger continues: I have dedicated this album to my beloved mom, who very sadly never got to hear it in its final form. Iâll always be grateful though that she had the chance to listen to it at least in partâ.
To the greater degree Disc 2 is the rally point for the majority the albumâs producer collaborations. âFor The One You Loveâ teams Roger with Dutchman RAM while âWithout Youâ sees a similar debut studio acquaintance made with Sied van Riel. A former ASOT Tune Of The Year, âUnbreakableâ has Roger reconnecting with Aly & Fila, while Disc 2âs swansong is his remix tribute to TiÃ«sto & Julie Thompsonâs classic âSomewhere Insideâ. Dotted between, cooler productions also prevail. More chilled lower-tempo numbers like the Carla Werner-sung âCastawayâ and âOne Lifeâ alongside Feel and Zara Taylor provide natural intermissions to its abiding 4/4 nature.
âNo Boundariesâ arrived today Black Hole Recordings, begin your journey now…