In September 1998 "Plock", their first single release for Warp, brought about much critical acclaim. Such reviews resulted in Plone being tipped for 1999 in publications as diverse as Muzik, Music Week, Dazed and Confused as well as being listed as one of the singles of 1998 by the NME and single of the year by the Melody Maker.
They began to build collections of old drum machines, analogue synthesisers and effects. Their musical influence came from music that has shown an imaginative and loose sense of technological experimentation whilst retaining a pop sensibility. Influences like Kraftwerk, John Barry, The Upsetters, The Beach Boys, Flying Lizzards, Suicide, Sun Ra, Joe Meek and 80's electro pop.