Seven years in the waiting, nearly three in the making and a testament to music’s spiritual capacity to heal, ‘No Boundaries’ arrived. Musically, its creator Roger Shah is a man with a considerable amount to say and a tireless amount of studio energy to do it with. Album-wise, however, it’s not often he does it under his own name. Given the wealth of his output, ‘No Boundaries’ is the first Roger Shah long-player to see the light since ‘Openminded?!’ back in 2011.
Even for studioholics like Roger, albums don’t happen overnight. ‘No Boundaries’ process came together at a more measured pace than any of his projects before it. Though its production took place during a period of personal loss for Roger (with the passing of his mother), this was as much down to the album’s range & scope. It took the better part of 3 years for its 30 tracks to be completed and drawn together.
A frankly massive contingent by any long-playing standards, ‘No Boundaries’ features a comparably impressive ensemble of singers, songwriters and other artistic partnerships. Moya Brennan, JES, Carla Werner, Natalie Gioia, Jennifer Rene and Susana are just some of the names marshalled to its starry vocal cast. Alongside them, Roger’s rejoined by singers whose tones have become all-but synonymous with his work. ‘No Boundaries’ sees the return of 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 of the fellow studio-heads who’ve rallied to ‘No Boundaries’ creation.
On its road to release, Roger said of ‘No Boundaries’ “my 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 it’s been hindsight revealing. When I listen to each individual song, I can really hear what I was going through whilst making it. It’s wonderful to now be able to experience them all together, collected in this album form”.