Muph & Plutonic

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Muph & Plutonic
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2004–present
Labels Obese
Associated acts Milk Bar Stars, Puah Hedz
Members Muphin (Dan Young)
Plutonic Lab (Leigh Ryan)

Muph & Plutonic is an Australian hip hop group. It is composed of MC Muphin (Dan Young, also known as "Muph") and DJ–drummer–producer Plutonic Lab (Leigh Ryan), both of whom released several solo albums before joining together to form a combined act in 2004.[1]


Plutonic Lab[edit]

Leigh Ryan, better known by the stage name Plutonic Lab, began drumming at the age of 10 and performing shows at 14.[2] He released his first solo album in 2001, with others to follow in 2004 and 2005.[2][dead link] He has produced beats for many Australian and international artists and performed at a number of festivals.


Dan Young, better known by the stage name Muphin (pronounced as "muffin") or Muph for short, first came to notice by winning the 2001 Victorian Verbal Mechanics Freestyle Battle Competition[3] and since then performing countless live shows.

"I'm kind of an introverted guy, except for my music, that's my one main outlet where I feel comfortable saying whatever I feel. When I get up onstage, after the first few songs it feels like people know me in a way."[4]

His reflective and conscious song writing had its debut release in 2003 with More Than Music. It was during the making of that album that Young forged a musical partnership with Ryan, which resulted in the official forming of their partnership, Muph & Plutonic.[3]

Muph & Plutonic[edit]

Muph & Plutonic released their debut album, Hunger Pains, in November 2004 on Obese Records. Upon release, it was featured as "album of the week" by both radio station Triple J and by SBS radio's Alchemy program,[5][6] and received favourable reviews.[7][8] In addition, the single "Heaps Good" received significant airplay on Triple J[9] and community radio, and was included Triple J's 2005 compilation album, Triple J: The Hip Hop Show.

Their second album, Silence the Sirens, was released in October 2006 and similarly received positive reviews.[10]

Throughout 2007 and 2008 Muph & Plutonic extensively toured taking in a number of Australia’s music festivals including Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Golden Plains, Kiss My Grass, Pyramid Rock and Triple J’s ‘AWOL’ Karratha gig, alongside Powderfinger and The Grates. The Obese Block Party in May 2008 saw the introduction of DJ Bonez as the new Muph & Plutonic DJ, The Original DJ for Muph & Plutonic was DJ FX.

Their third album, And Then Tomorrow Came, released on 19 July 2008, was selected as the "Album of the Week" on Triple J for the week of 21–25 July.[11] The album reached 46 on the Australian charts[citation needed] and was nominated for an ARIA Award in for Best Urban Release.[12] Following the release of the album, Muph & Plutonic, with DJ Bonez, undertook a national tour throughout August, September and October 2008.[13]

In 2010, Muph & Plutonic appeared with Candice Monique on the track "Goodbye Gravity" on M-Phazes' album Good Gracious.

Milk Bar Stars[edit]

Muph and Plutonic Lab also toured nationally in 2005, together with DJ Bonez and Obese Records boss Pegz, under the collective name Milk Bar Stars.[14]



Album title Release date Label Format
Hunger Pains November 2004 Obese CD
Hunger Pains Extended EP 2004 Obese Vinyl
Silence the Sirens October 2006 Obese CD/vinyl
The Day Off October 2006 Obese 7" vinyl
And Then Tomorrow Came July 2008 Obese CD/vinyl

Solo albums[edit]

Plutonic Lab[edit]

Album title Release date Label Format
Give Me Sabotage Shell 2001 Nuffsaid CD/vinyl
Collision Of Days 2004 Nuffsaid CD/vinyl
Codes Over Colours 2005 Obese CD/vinyl
Midnight On Pluto Remix EP 2006 Obese Vinyl
Give Me Sabotage Shell (Extended/Remastered) 2001/2007 Shark Repellent
Collision Of Days (Extended/Remastered) 2001/2007 Shark Repellent


Album title Release date Label Format
Who I Am 1999 Puah Head Constructions
More Than Music (EP) 2003 Obese Vinyl
More Than Music 2003 Obese


  1. ^ "Muph & Plutonic". MySpace. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b Preiss, Benjamin (2 December 2005). "Beats in the lab". Central Station. Retrieved 2008-03-31. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Colman, Tim (6 October 2005). "Muph + Plutonic". The Age. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  4. ^ Colman, Tim (6 May 2005). "Pulp non-fiction". The Age. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Album Review - 'Hunger Pains'". Triple J. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  6. ^ Obese Records media kit for Plutonic Lab
  7. ^ "Muph & Plutonic - Hunger Pains (Obese)". Cyclic Defrost. 7 January 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Mup+Plutonic - Hunger Pains". Urban Smarts. 4 April 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  9. ^ "J Play - "Heaps Good"". Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  10. ^ Sasson, Chloe (7 November 2006). "Silence the Sirens". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  11. ^ "Album Review - 'And Then Tomorrow Came'". Triple J. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  12. ^ ARIA Awards nominees for 2008 Archived 13 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Muph & Plutonic ...And Then Tomorrow Came Album Launch Tour". Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  14. ^ Colman, Tim (9 December 2005). "Milkbar Stars". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 

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