When you already have an incredibly impressive body of work like internationally-renowned electronic pioneer JUNO REACTOR, the ability to expand and continue breaking ground is almost impossible to fathom. With The Golden Sun Of The Great East, Juno Reactor’s eighth album, not only does Ben Watkins surpass those expectations, he dives deep into them too. Set for release on April 23, 2013 via Metropolis Records, the album further hones his exotic mix of surging trance beats, cinematic vision and lustrous world music flavors which characterized its predecessors.
“The title The Golden Sun Of The Great East was inspired by the vision of Shambhala. The story goes that everyone in the kingdom of Shambhala began to practice meditation and care for others by generating love and compassion,” he explains by quoting Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. “When we generate selfless love and compassion, we manifest tremendous power to help others and our planet. We are living in a very critical time – humanity is on a very precarious course. We mindlessly consume our natural resources and change our climate. Many people are searching for meaning outside of materialism and negativity. We need inspiration and vision. The Golden Sun Of The Great East represents the natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world which is the innate wakefulness of human beings. This is our primordial potential which we need to access now more than ever, which is why these Terma teachings are manifesting now at this particular point in the history of humanity.”