Groove, the soundtrack compilation for the film of the same name, sounds like yet another tired DJ mix destined to collect dust in the dance/electronica racks of your local music store. Film soundtracks rarely translate into relevant listening without the intended movie attached. However, occasionally, in albums such as 1999's Run Lola Run and 1996's Trainspotting, a movie soundtrack can stand alone, not only as a perfect enhancement to the film experience but as a truly cohesive work of art. The producers of Groove have gathered together some of the underground dance scene's most vibrant stars, and because of the extensive display of music within the film, this soundtrack, which is mixed by WISHFM aka Wade Radolph Hampton, will be probably just the beginning in a series of Groove-inspired soundtracks. Although it works well as a companion to writer/director Greg Harrison's cinematic journey into San Francisco's underground rave culture, the soundtrack misses the mark as a great dance collection. Its neo-disco sound, played up to perfection in DJ Garth & E.T.I's "20 Minutes of Disco Glory," is definitely entertaining, but outside of the writhing crowd of the dance floor, Groove lacks impact and energy. It strings together songs for a danceable but ultimately boring album. Orbital's "Halycyon + On + On" and Bedrock's "Heaven Sent" are among the album's highlights.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Musich