“…a celebration of deep, dark, 1970s-style roots reggae.” – All Music Guide
Bass Chalice sees 10 Ft. stripping away a bit of the mystery surrounding the band’s lineup and actually letting us disclose a very special guest appearance by the legendary ‘70s Jamaican vocal reggae group The Meditations! Their first two albums, Message from the Meditations and Wake Up are downright, stone-cold reggae classics that must be heard. On Bass Chalice they grace “To Each” with a spellbinding vocal performance!
The Meditations are a fitting addition to the album because Bass Chalice, at its heart, is inspired by the recording processes of the great Jamaican studio bands of the 70's (and their American counterparts at Motown and Stax) where a song was typically written, learned, and recorded live in a single session, with no regrets, and no apologies. Add to this ethos some dubwise studio mastery and experimentation and you begin to get the picture. This is good news for a genre that seems to be gathering steam in recent months. Apart from big releases on ROIR by Dub Trio, Bush Chemists & Dr. Israel, other bands have been making their mark on stages around the country: Matisyahu, Future Pigeon, Dub Nomads, Dub Gabriel, Dub As A Weapon, Jah Division, and (on a different level) Damian “Junior Gong” Marley. Dub & roots reggae is more popular than ever and the 10 Ft. Ganja Plant army is poised to make a big, smoky impression.
“Bass Chalice is an example of dub at its finest… rub-a-dub-dub good.” – Global Rhythm
Press for Bass Chalice
“Folks who really, really, really dig 1970s reggae music are likely to loose their panties over 10 Ft. Ganja Plant. The band’s music sounds so authentic that you’ll swear you’re tripping in time… whether the band is playing cool instruments or dance-inducing pop, their overall vibe is bound to please reggae fans worldwide.” – BabySue.Com
“The band sounds like they love making this music – the whole project comes over, not as an exercise in innovation – but rather as a dedication to old reggae forms and as a labor of love” – Reggae Vibes
“… it’s amazing how 10 Ft Ganja Plant mixes orthodox roots reggae with modern dub creation without producing waves of electronic dribble. They are innovative enough to build on top of an already-sturdy foundation laid down by Jamaican musicians generations ago.” – Slug Magazine
“It’s been said that good things come to those who wait. Excellent news for people with ears, as the elusive dub outfit 10ft Ganja Plant reemerges with many surprises on their latest, Bass Chalice. Influenced equally by studio roots reggae of the 1970s and modern dub styles, legends the Meditations (“To Each”) for this epic third release. Bass Chalice is an example of dub at its finest. “Engine Trouble” and “Burning” are so rub-a-dub-dub good it makes one wonder how and why this group only came into existence recently. “Your Voice” is so silky smooth and creamy, it’s worthy of at least a remix or two – name producers should take note. What’s been added here is a noticeable maturity, less present on previous recordings. Bass Chalice creeps up nice and slow but determined, perhaps something like the curving stalk of a 10-foot ganja plant…it’s easy to see where the name comes from. This music will put the listener in a zone, deliberately, no intoxicants of any kind required, though they certainly may enhance the experience.” – Global Rhythm
“Roots rhythms, dub effects and surf guitar go down smooth on 10 Ft. Ganja Plant’s latest hybrid, Bass Chalice (ROIR), Cleanly cut post-modern instrumental /dubs like “Engine Trouble”, “Burning James” and “Blood Money” are mellow and meditative, reaching backward in time and forward in space to meet in the middle. The Meditations add some yard-style backing vocals on “To Each” but even on their own the Ganja Plant’s growth is impressive – over the years they’ve managed to build a sound all their own while remaining true to the foundational elements that make roots music such a nurturing, cleansing experience. Their own vocals such as “Your Voice” and “Last Dance” have a special aura that is as comforting and calm as Don Carlos or Israel Vibration: Although they are an American reggae band they’ve captured a sound as original and good as the Jamaican classics they emulated in the beginning of their career. Sit back and take a draw: this 10 Ft. Ganja Plant is “the kind.” – The Beat
“Dub music with zest, 10 Ft Ganja Plant’s third album is laidback, wallowing in melodic guitar solos and extended instrumental jams. The album’s highlight is the magical vocal appearance of dub legends the Meditations on “To Each.” And though they’ve been a bit shy of stage previously, the release of their finest record is expertly timed with their first US tour! – URB