Here’s a throwback mix from Sander’s Identity radioshow from back in 2007. This was back when the Identity series was sick, with a full hour of SvD on the tables. Now, the stream of his show goes something like this:

1. play some random new tracks
2. play the top three new tracks
3. play a classic track (occasionally)
4. play a 30 minute mix from either himself or a guest mixer

I get what he’s trying to do with his new podcast, but I think it’s losing a lot of its flare with this new format. Before this change, I would listen from start to end and enjoy all the goodies that Sander deemed worthy. On top of that, the mixing was phenomenal which served as a great inspiration to me. Now, the only part of his monthly mix that I really look forward to is last 30 minutes. Even then, I don’t think the track selection is as impressive as it used to be. It just doesn’t seem like Sander is trying as hard to find cool new tracks, and he has resorted to playing the public’s favorite tunes one after the other, half of the time without mixing them. What gives Sander? Why can’t you still do what you do in the clubs on the radio show? Episodes 1-39 were pure genius and I did not see a reason why that had to end. I’ll admit I don’t get as excited when the new Identity rolls around each month, but I still do take a listen. Oh well, at least he still throws it down when he’s mixing live, but I’m still sad that the show’s layout has changed for the worse. Anyway, take a listen to one of my favorite Identity shows of all time below. It definitely gets me nostalgic listening to all of these great songs, and it also shows Sander’s versatility as he spins techno, house, and trance all within the hour.

Sander van Doorn – Identity 19 (June 2007)

01. Umek – Ricochet Effect (SVD INTRO EDIT) [Manual]
02. Bastards Of Funk – Your Own Game [Aurium]
03. TBA – TBA [White]
04. Lange – Angel Falls (Lange’s Firewall mix) [Lange Music]
05. Shinedoe aka Innersphere – Phunk (Steve Angello Re-edit) [Size]
06. Markus Schulz – Fly To Colors (130G) [Cold Harbour]
07. Marcel Woods – Lemon Tree [High Contrast]
08. Alex Connors – Trust [38db-Transportgruppe]
09. Sander van Doorn – Riff [DO2RN]
10. Bedrock – Heaven Scent (Greg Downey rmx) [Bedrock]
11. Underground Resistance – Knights Of The Jaguar (Cor Fijneman rmx) [White]
12. Rex Mundi vs Ronski Speed – The Perspective Space [White]
13. Pascal Feliz – From Inside The Speaker Part 1 [Rytmic]
14. Richard Durand – Sweep n’ Repeat (SVD RE-EDIT) [Terminal 4]
15. Mojado – Kaktus [Black Hole]
16. Klems – Moving Around [White]

Download the mix here.

As a bonus, here is an interview with Sam Sharp himself from 2004, recorded at an event in Switzerland: