The brand new EP from APRA Award and Mercury Prize winning producer and musician Plutonic Lab is here: THE NEW RUINS. The EP is a six track collection of music that takes in a wide range of creative and sonic influences, perfectly mirroring Plutonic Lab’s own diverse repertoire.
Featuring a striking list of guest artists including Black Milk, Oliver St. Louis, Raiza Biza and frequent collaborator Natalie Slade, ‘The New Ruins EP’ also employs the talent of a new wave of strong emerging voices in Hip Hop and R&B in Nardean, Ratu and Sunny Reyne.
Produced and arranged by Plutonic Lab himself out of Habitat 69 in Melbourne, the New Ruins EP has that inimitable Pluto feel right throughout. The production quality is crisp; percussion patterns blend beautifully with brass and beat arrangements.
It’s a masterclass in what Plutonic Lab does and is known for. And yet, it’s an evolution for the artist too. The orchestration of songs like ‘Casino In The Sky’ and ‘Long Slow’ are textured and hold weight as standalone efforts; then you’ve got the likes of ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Falling’, two examples of Plutonic Lab’s expert touch when it comes to soul and R&B production.
The process of making the EP was an involved one that took time but in the end, the rewards clearly speak for themselves.
“In the process of writing this record I proved to myself that I’m still progressing and evolving as an artist, I really got to develop the orchestrations and song craft. Each collaborator inspired diverse compositions and I think in turn “The New Ruins” became a much more nuanced and honed project. I guess good things take time and I dedicated myself to create something beautiful and worthwhile, even though the world seemed like it was falling apart.”