This is the 18th edition of the Rinse label's compilation series, mixed by Mark Radford. Over the last couple of years, as UK funky has gradually drained out of the clubs, young urban London has increasingly been turning to the deeper, denser sounds of tech and minimal house for its dancefloor kicks. Mark Radford, who started his Saturday night Rinse FM slot in April 2011 after his profile had steadily grown over the preceding few years, has been a pioneering figure in that shift. Drawn to tech house's hypnotic, bass-heavy drive, he found himself frustrated with what he saw as a lack of soul in much of the genre. So in 2008 he began to dig deeply for tracks that kept the rawness and energy intact but didn't sacrifice any of the melody and musicality. His new sets started to skillfully balance those two facets, drawing new energy out of the tunes he was dropping. Rinse: 18 is a formidable document of the approach that has made Mark such a respected figure in such a short space of time. Drawing together music from well-known European producers like Steve Bug and John Tejada with newer UK names like James What and No Artificial Colours, it accurately captures both the more wide-reaching scope of his weekly Rinse FM show and the heady, adrenalized energy of his peak-time club sets. Opening with the frosty computer soul of Alex Niggeman's "Point Of No Return," he immediately draws deep and dubby for Rekleiner's "Some People" and John Tejada's remix of Max Cooper. Fittingly, an early highlight arrives as a nod to classic Detroit: Carl Craig's stunning remix of Agoria's "Speechless," a seedy, nocturnal creature that acts as a perfect transition into the mix's ruder, more energetic second half. Other artists include: Mark Henning, Lee Brink, Tina Geru, WildKats, Noir & Haze, Subban, A1 Bassline, Tiger Stripes, Solomun and Lazaro Casanova.