Back in 2006 the dance music landscape was much different than it is today. Still a decidedly underground experience in the US, many of today's biggest artists were delivering sets that would shock and disappoint the festival crowds of 2013. I concede the point that it's most likely a purely subjective opinion, that nothing much has changed in the scene except for my age and my perspective. Then I listen to Sander Van Doorn's 2006 Essential Mix debut and I start to think otherwise. Call it the nostalgia for a simpler time, but simplicity is the one thing that Sander's mix was not - like many of his contemporaries did in 2006, Sander paid no mind to the trends of the time and instead defined them for himself, delivering a set that stands the test of time as a flawless representation of dance music at the start of its US rebirth. With early cuts from Dada Life, Ferry Corsten and even Steve Angello, Sander's Essential Mix is a two hour snapshot of the honest creativity and style that defined the scene seven years ago.