A generation of young SoundCloud producers has been making headway in the music industry through their innovative approach to the electronic medium. Sam Martinsen AKA pluko (formerly named Pluto before disputes with Disney), got his start on the platform roughly a couple years ago, and hasn’t let up since!
After releasing multiple tracks with over a million hits including his remix of Samurai by Vanic, a collaboration remix with LZRD on The Chainsmokers- All We Know, and his track with Ye., Breath, pluko caught the attention of the powerhouse duo ODESZA. pluko not only started touring with them on their A Moment Apart tour but also joined their label, Foreign Family Collective.
pluko’s first track on the label, asleep (ft. MOONZz) clearly shows why he deserves a spot among the other talented group of individuals making an impact on the music industry. The chilled out track nestles perfectly into the mold of Foreign Family ensemble, while still boasting originality. pluko’s track combines the use of synths, electric piano, and MOONZz’s soothingly melodic voice in order to create a perfectly crafted song. The slow building intro eventually coalesces its sounds until its chorus 70 seconds into the track. The chorus really shows Sam’s talent due to his excellent knack for panning the vocals in order to keep the track as airy as possible. The young producer was able to distort the vocals during the chorus to add range and versatility beyond MOONZz’s excellent contribution. By combining the panning and distortion, along with several other factors, the song has a unique feel that is seldom achieved in the industry. pluko is able to set a tone throughout the entirety of the track while shifting its progression which is often difficult for chilled out tracks to achieve.
Needless to say, fans and artists alike have high hopes for pluko. His astounding progression over the course of a year shows that his talent is only just blossoming. Keep a lookout for his future projects on the Foreign Family Label. In the meantime, listen to his track asleep (ft MOONZz) below!