Prolific producer from Australia Leigh Ryan (aka Plutonic Lab) is a 2008 ARIA Nominee (as one half of Muph & Plutonic) and 2009 UK Mercury Prize Winner (for his work with Speech Debelle), he is also a solo artist/performer and tour drummer for Australian Hip-Hop group Hilltop Hoods.
Plutonic Lab’s music has provided the backdrop for a huge amount of artists including Renee Geyer, Fatlip (Pharcyde), Esoteric (7L & Esoteric), Drapht, Pegz, Eternia (Canada), Taskforce (Lowlife) Urthboy, Hilltop Hoods, Wiley, Speech Debelle, Lotek (Big Dada), The Grouch & Eligh (Living Legends), Tumi (South Africa), Aceyalone, Mika9, to name a few on labels Warner, Sony (Asia), Elefant Traks, LandSpeed (U.S.), Brick Records (U.S.) Big Dada (UK) & Australia’s highly respected Hip Hop Label Obese Records.
Plutonic has performed numerous shows in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia. Opening for the likes of The Pharcyde, People Under The Stairs, Ozomatli, Mad Professor, Lee Scratch Perry, MC Supernatural, DJ Shadow, Money Mark, Hilltop Hoods, The Next Men, Mr Lif, Cage, Swollen Members, Braintax & Mystro, Lupe Fiasco, El-P, Tricky, The Streets & events such as Cockatoo Island Festival, Obese Block Party, Pyramid Rock Festival, Falls Festival, Big Day Out, Groovin The Moo & Golden Plains Festival amongst many others.
In 2003 Ryan obtained an honours degree in Sound Design/Media Arts from RMIT University, studying under Australian film composer/artist Phillip Brophy and Phillip Samartzis.
Plutonic Lab was voted ‘Best Producer’ three years running on Australian Hip- Hop community site ozhiphop.com
All three Muph & Plutonic Albums & Pegz “Axis” LP obtained coveted ‘Feature Album’ status on Australian National broadcaster Triple J.
Plutonic’s third LP “Codes Over Colours” was a feature album on Melbourne’s RRR radio and many other independent radio programs nationally.
In 2008 The Album “And Then Tomorrow Came” was nominated for an ARIA, the Album also landed 2 songs in JJJ’s Hotest 100 in 2009.
Speech Debelle’s “Speech Therapy” LP won UK’s Mercury Prize in 2009 (of which Plutonic Lab produced 2 singles).