Tycho (Scott Hansen) is a producer and artist based in San Francisco, California. While Boards of Canada's blissful/melancholic IDM is an obvious inspiration, many of Tycho's productions play out like complete electronic dream pop songs in isolation rather than vignettes or extended mood pieces. Tycho debuted in 2002 with The Science of Patterns, a self-released four-track EP. Sunrise Projector, his first album, was released in 2004 on the Gammaphone label. After the 2006 album Past Is Prologue, recorded for Merck, he settled in with Ghostly International, where he released a trio of singles and EPs ("The Daydream," "Adrift," "Coastal Brake") prior to the 2011 album Dive.
Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett are Beacon, a Greenpoint-based duo steeped in ’90s and contemporary R&B, IDM, and bass music. Moodgadget is set to release Beacon’s No Body EP, the project’s second collection of songs to triangulate those worlds into a sensual, downtempo electronic mesh of lush synths and lusty falsetto. It’s How To Dress Well with slightly less BMG CD club R&B, slightly more Warp Records infusion. No Body is lights-down music, ambient-pop for the unrequited, the logical result of years absorbing Boards Of Canada and Postal Service, Matthew Dear and Karin Dreijer Andersson, The-Dream and Ginuwine. (Related: Beacon cover Ginuwine’s “So Anxious,” so their aim is true.) Over a few emails they identified contemporaries like Shed, Actress, the Weeknd, Boi-1da, and Fever Ray as influences, and oOoOO, Nike7up, White Ring, and Blissed Out as showmates.