T in the Park 2013: A guide to the best dance and electronic music
The best acts in the Slam tent, including Ben Klock, Claude Von Stroke and Jamie Jones
Daft Punk might have Giorgio Moroder, but the electronic music pioneers from the 70s that you can see live this year are Kraftwerk. But there's a whole lot more on offer at T in the Park for electronic music fans, as Hamish Brown explains
Occupying an area somewhere between an IMAX 3D screening and an art installation, there's little doubt German krautrock legends Kraftwerk's live show is a major highlight of the 2013 T in the Park bill - for fans of any music. Titans of the transistor they might be, but Kraftwerk (German for power station) haven't released any decent new music since 1981, and besides their mighty live show, there's a whole lot more on offer for fans of contemporary electronic music. Every bit a 'festival within a festival', the Slam tent's consistently great line-up means dance lovers may have little need to visit the rest of the T site at all.
Things get going straight from the off, with still new 'bonus day' Friday featuring Glasgow's Silicone Soul, whose take on moody house has been on excellent form on their Darkroom Dubs Radio mixes. With a similarly deep love of deep bass, Bristol's Eats Everything has rapidly earned a reputation for his fun sets, which often take in classics and the neglected genre of vocal house. Later on, it's the first of many back-to-back (b2b) pairings taking place over the weekend (playing a few records each, symbiotically feeding from each other's style), with Numbers lynchpin and general man-about-Glasgow Jackmaster's atmospheric style meeting Joy Orbison's twitchy UK garage take on dubstep. From then on, things get sexy quickly, with sets from Maceo Plex, a self-confessed fan of 'funk, beauty and sex appeal', and Green Velvet's signature blend of non-stop party-starters.
In a move showcasing the expert curation at play here, Saturday kicks off with some light refreshment as Claude Von Stroke brings his sense of fun to proceedings. Expect colour and possibly the sound of steel drums. Similarly, a Chicago veteran-themed triple b2b set from Mark Farina, (downtempo with a chance of jazz flute) Derrick Carter (soul, with a chance of disco) and DJ Sneak (funky with a chance of classics) will keep the vibes upbeat into the evening. From then on, we enter a darker zone, firstly via Slam themselves, then through Maya Jane Coles' atmospheric dubstep-influenced house, before emerging to the sound of the funky synths of Laurent Garnier's sun-drenched house. Saturday headliner Richie Hawtin is a techno institution, and knows how to deliver a damn fine DJ set.
Picture the scene. It's Sunday at T in the Park. Someone tells you that today will feature 'special guest' appearances from Tyler The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. You're tired and emotional after Saturday's marathon. What you need is two of the new wave of DJs making a return to evocative, melodic and emotive side of house music, and Jamie Jones and Lee Foss (both also of Hot Creations label and 'supergroup' Hot Natured) whose focus on the funkier, sexier of things should see you through. Seth Troxler is one of the most popular DJs around right now, but the event many will have their eye on this weekend is a b2b set from Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, a duo who perhaps best represent the harder techno sound of the Ostgut Ton label and Berlin club institution Berghain that has been so influential in recent years. With Adam Beyer continuing the dark and heavy sound into Sunday night, you are in safe hands.