Roger Shah – No Boundaries

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Seven years in the waiting, nearly three in the making and a testament to music’s spiritual capacity to heal, this is Roger Shah’s new artist “No Boundaries”… the first Roger Shah long-player to see the light since “Openminded?!” back in 2011.
 
Interspaced between have been five mix-compilations, a range of soundtracks & side projects and – under many an alias (most notably Sunlounger and High Noon At Salinas) – several albums. As such you’d be more than forgiven for losing sight of the time slip that’s opened up between “Openminded?!” and “No Boundaries”.
 
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 marshaled 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.
 
A seven year interim between albums there might be, but title as in tone, “Openminded?!” and “No Boundaries” share a common message-cum-theme. Shah’s musical world is remarkable. Instrumentation, arrangements, influences and style-mixing – the likes of which no other producers addresses – are writ big-print large and ‘No Boundaries’ is no exception. It is however definitively Shah at his most 4/4 and “club” paced.
 
Right away the first disc delivers a cornucopia of standouts. Clannad’s Moya Brennan features on the heart-stirring “Reasons To Live”, while keeping it in the family, daughter Aisling Jarvis delivers a hat-trick of incredible performances through “When You’re Here”, “Hold Your Head Up High” and “Call Me Home”. LeiLani’s “Love Heals You” and “Eternal Time” strike at emotional centres, as does Roger’s most recent single – the JES-treated “Star-crossed”. Lent voice by Inger Hansen, Roger’s creative reconsideration of dance classic “Castles In The Sky” shines, as do “Fire” & “Skyline” – new productions voiced by Zara Taylor and Adrina Thorpe respectively.
 
To the greater degree Disc 2 is the rally point for the majority of the album’s producer collaborations. “For The One You Love” teams Roger with Dutchman RAM while “Without You” sees a similar debut studio acquaintance made with Sied van Riel. A former ASOT Tune Of The Year, “Unbreakable” has Roger reconnecting with Aly & Fila, while Disc 2’s swansong is his remix tribute to Tiësto & Julie Thompson’s classic “Somewhere Inside”. Dotted between, cooler productions also prevail. More chilled lower-tempo numbers like the Carla Werner-sung “Castaway” and “One Life” alongside Feel and Zara Taylor provide natural intermissions to its abiding 4/4 nature.
 
Roger about “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.
 
“No Boundaries” 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. I’ll always be grateful though that she had the chance to listen to it at least in part.”

 
Roger Shah’s new artist album “No Boundaries” will be out on May 11th 2018!
 
Get your copy here:
https://rogershah.choons.at/noboundaries
 
Tracklist “No Boundaries”:
Disc 1
01. Roger Shah – No Boundaries
02. Roger Shah with Aisling Jarvis – When You’re Here
03. Roger Shah with LeiLani – Love Heals You
04. Roger Shah with JES – Star-crossed
05. Roger Shah with Moya Brennan – Reasons To Live
06. Roger Shah with Yoav – Beautiful Lie
07. Roger Shah with Stoneface & Terminal – Triumvirate
08. Roger Shah with Aisling Jarvis – Hold Your Head Up High
09. Roger Shah with Brian Laruso featuring Angus Powell – Not Alone
10. Roger Shah with Inger Hansen – Castles In The Sky
11. Roger Shah with Taucher – Skyarium
12. Roger Shah with Antillas & Zara Taylor – Fire
13. Roger Shah with Adrina Thorpe – Skyline
14. Roger Shah with LeiLani – Eternal Time
15. Roger Shah with Dante Thomas – Rapture
 
Disc 2
01. Roger Shah with Aisling Jarvis – Call Me Home
02. Roger Shah with Susie Ledge – A Different Part Of Me
03. Roger Shah with Carla Werner – Castaway (Trenchtown Mix)
04. Roger Shah with Emoiryah – Down By The Sea
05. Roger Shah with Jackie Bristow – Fool 4 U
06. Roger Shah with Rene Ablaze – Natural Order
07. Roger Shah with RAM & Natalie Gioia – For The One You Love
08. Roger Shah with Suzie Del Vecchio – Al Ritmo Que Vas
09. Roger Shah with Pierre Pienaar – The Namib
10. Roger Shah with Suzy Solar – Sanctuary
11. Roger Shah meets Aly & Fila & Susana – Unbreakable
12. Roger Shah with Sied van Riel featuring Jennifer Rene – Without You
13. Roger Shah with Nathia Kate featuring Amber – Never Forget
14. Roger Shah with DJ Feel featuring Zara Taylor – One Life (Deeper Translation Mix)
15. Tiësto presents Allure featuring Julie Thompson – Somewhere Inside (Roger Shah Remix)
 

 

 

 

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