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Boris (no, not the Japanese avant-garde metal band) is a man who’s witnessed the evolution of electronic music like few others. After spending the ‘90s in New York cutting rugs at the infamous house and disco parties at Paradise Garage, the German DJ returned to Berlin just as the techno explosion changed the nation’s musical landscape. Since then his impeccable taste has seen him a resident at Berghain since day one, all while producing regular releases for the seminal Ostgut Ton imprint. Says it all, really? He’s coming to school the dance floor at New Guernica on Saturday May 28. Support will come from the regular Power Station heads.

If you’re looking for an excuse to spend a Sunday afternoon at Revolver (as if you need one), next month they’ll be hosting one of London’s finest in the back bar – Weiss. Best known for his dance floor bombs such as My Sister and more recently Rollin’, the don is adored by the likes of Loco Dice, Green Velvet and Kenny Dope, bringing a distinctively European flavor to the archetypal Chicago house grooves. Catch him on Sunday June 5, support from residents Boogs, Spacey Space, T-Rek, Radiator, Silversix, Rob Anthony and Sean Grimes.

Fancy a little bit of live house techno this weekend? You’re in luck. Sydney party kings S.A.S.H are returning to Melbourne for another outing and bringing German luminary Christian Burkhardt alongside his extensive hardware set-up with them. A mainstay of the scene for the past decade, over the course of his career his sonic explorations have found homes on the likes of Oslo, Pressure Traxx, La Pena, Deep Vibes and Cocoon. On top of that, he also runs his own label, CB Sessions, which has fostered top-tier names such as Andre Buljat, Hybris and Sascha Dive. Catch him alongside Jake Hough, Matt Weir and Kerry Wallace on Sunday May 15 at the Railway Hotel.

If you dig your dance floors ranging from the 150BPM – 170BPM spectrum, you’ll want to make sure you catch the return of Bristol-based selector Sam Binga this weekend. Renown for conjuring up melting pots of everything ranging from of jungle, grime, footwork, juke and drum and bass, recently he’s also been called up to remix the likes of Om Unit, Fracture and Tessela, with regular releases on the likes of Critical Music, Exit Records UK and 50Weapons. Catch him on Friday May 13 at Grumpy’s Green, support will come from JPS, A13 Inka, Stitch, Meezy, Noceur, Warpa!nt and SK.

Tour rumour: can’t make it over to Berghain anytime soon? Never fear – you can get your fix as the one and only Marcel Dettmann will be returning our way mighty soon.

Best releases this week: the new 12” from DJ Metatron finally surfaced on the Giegling website shop during the week. I’d be careful before heading over and listening to the (friggin’ delicious) samples, though. It sold out immediately, I would have cried if I didn’t secure one. To soothe the pain of missing out I’d suggest giving some solid spins to Folamour’s Oyabun (on Moonrise Hill Material), Africans with Mainframes’ K.M.T. (on Soul Jazz)

Lukas Nystrand von Unge’s Studio Barnhus EP No. 2 (on Studio Barnhus) and Acasual’s Spring Theory Reworks (on Closer).