Reviews of Fully Automated: The hEADaCHE remixes:

Regen Magazine by EvilMatt

Just in case you're a little bit confused, hEADaCHE is from the Detroit/Chicago-based electronic act CEOXiME, so don't worry, this isn't an album full of remixes by a guy who has no validity whatsoever. In fact, this album is the home to some of the best remixes I've heard in a long time. Finally, someone comes along who knows how to properly handle a remix! It's about damn time too, because the scene is flooded with bullshit remixes that never should have existed in the first place. Why this trend took off and was never promptly smacked right back down is beyond my comprehension. Fortunately, there are people like hEADaCHE out there who know what the hell they're doing.
Fully Automated is a "best of" collection of sorts, for it holds 15 tracks of hEADaCHE's favorite remixes that he's done. This is a collection of previously released remixes, alternate versions of remixes, and future previews of soon-to-be-released-again remixes by hEADaCHE. There are remixes of songs done by the likes of Collide, Hypoid, Diverje, Croc Shop and Noxious Emotion to name a few. Most of these remixes are done wonderfully, for there are very few uninspired tracks on this release.
The best remixes on this album are the tracks originally created by Collide, Hypoid, Diverje and Bottomfeeder. The Collide track is a very mellow, ambient-like trance breakdown with female vocals that leave you feeling very mellow and warm inside. The Hypoid remix follows that up with another mellow, yet emotionally charged track that will make you bob your head along with the simple beats. There are two Diverje remixes on this album, both of which are amazing and truly show how hEADaCHE was able to take existing songs and completely rewrite them in his own image. The Bottomfeeder remix is the heaviest track on the album, which features a steady mix of industrial and techno beats which make for a very enjoyable listen.
There are only a few remixes on this album which seem sub-par, and those would be the tracks originally done by Noxious Emotion, Function13 and Things Outside The Skin. These aren't awful remixes by any means, but they are the most boring tracks on the album. With the exception of the Noxious Emotion remix, these songs are very monotone and bland. They should not have been put on the album. The Noxious Emotion remix is fine, but seeing how it was hEADaCHE's very first remix that he'd ever done, you can sense that his skills were not quite perfected at the time of its creation. This track is good for nostalgic purposes, and that is the only thing that gives it a place on Fully Automated.
hEADaCHE's main band, CEOXiME, have an exclusive track on this release, which is a cover of the Radiohead song, "Exit Music (For A Film)." This song is the final track on the release and is not a remix, but it fits in perfectly with the rest of the album. It's a simplistic version of a simple song, but done with great sensibility, and this cover does justice to the original.
The press release that came with this CD has a quote from hEADaCHE which ultimately explains this album better than what anybody else could say about it. hEADaCHE simply states, "I'll tell you what this album is not - it's not another half-assed attempt at future pop club anthems. It's not 'on the forefront' of the industrial or future pop trend. And it's not just throwing four-on-the-floor beats on top of an already existing song... And finally, it's not 'product.' It's good music I really enjoy and something I believe in.” That says it all. This is a quality release of quality remixes. One would be a fool to not check this album out.

Pop Matters by Mike Schiller

The assembly of a remix album must seem like such a foolproof plan to the artists and labels involved in such a venture -- if an artist remixes a pile of other bands, and then compiles all of those remixes on a single CD, not only do you sell to fans of the artist doing the mixing, but you pull in the diehards of all the bands that chose to be mixed as well. And for a band like CEOXiME, an electro-industrial two-piece that has enough clout to release music on such genre-specific labels as Invisible and DBSP (but hasn't pulled enough interest as to make any discernable footprint on the scene) the plan works. hEADaCHE, CEOXiME's programming half, has done a pile of remix work for bands like Collide, Croc Shop, and Slick Idiot, and the best of those remixes are compiled on Fully Automated: The hEADaCHE re:mixes, released on hEADaCHE's own Uncoiled Loops label.
hEADaCHE's programming style is one of "broken beats"; that is, not "breakbeats" per se, but the homemade, heavily processed, and meticulously programmed style of beats that owes much of its existence to Aphex Twin's I Care Because You Do. It's a difficult task to apply such a programming style to the typically heavily structured feel of most modern day electro-industrial and EBM, but hEADaCHE does a worthy job, forcing his beats into loops that are almost always a significant step up from the uninspired drum work they are replacing.
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Outburn

Industrial - Rating: 7 - Who: hEADaCHE - From: Chicago IL - What: Remix album
The Music: Ranging from retro industrial and EBM dance to moisy dirges and ethereal soundscapes, Fully Automated presents 15 diverse tracks all remixed by hEADaCHE. Standout tracks: Collide's "Wings of Steel", Croc Shop's "Generation", Silverchord's "Autopilot", Things outside the Skin's "Mettle IV", Five Star Reject's "Trainwreck", Bottomfeeder's "Maybe Someday", CEOXiME's "Exit Music"

Gothic Beauty by Poseidon

This breakbeat-heavy CD single could fully qualify as a full-length album. 15 remixes together with a running time of over 70 minutes featuring incredible breakbeat remixes of a number of tracks by Collide, Croc Shop, and Endif among others. The CD even goes so far as to include information guiding you to a webpage with an additional 30 minutes of bonus material not available anywhere else. Also included is a cover of Radiohead's "Exit Music" performed by CEOXiME. This dynamic release is pulse-pounding and highly addictive, worthy of your road trips or head trips.

Grave Concerns by Matthew Johnson

Producer hEADaCHE of the Detroit-based electronic project CEOXiME is also a prolific remix artist, and on this first collection shows off fifteen tracks of material reworked for other artists. There’s a definite propensity for drum ‘n’ bass here, Silvercord’s “Autopilot” and Diverje’s “Suspision” being particularly good examples, but the jungle influences also extend into the darker, more mechanical reworking of Collide’s trip-hop on “Wings of Steel.” Croc Shop’s “Generation” turns into a hard acid house epic, while the industrial rock shouting of Five Star Reject’s “Trainwreck” gets reworked as hard-hitting electro. Other tracks retain more of an industrial feel, for better or for worse. Endif’s “Ashes” keeps a scrap-metal vibe to its rhythms that serves the track well, but the old-school EBM of Noxious Emotion’s “Mystery of Life” is not only bland, it goes on for an almost interminable nine minutes. Even hEADaCHE’s prodigious abilities aren’t enough to save Bottomfeeder’s “Maybe Someday” from nu-metal bombast, but of course that reflects less on the remix artist than on the original material. The best stuff here mixes a more upbeat analog synthpop feel with darker rhythms. Flood Damage’s “Ovoid Vovoid” mixes coldwave angst with electronic beauty, while the remixed collaboration of Diverje and Soul Circuit on “Stronger” is a perfect blend of distorted but emotional singing, abstract rhythms, and programmed melody. To finish the disc out, this collection includes a new CEOXiME track, this time a cover of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)” that imbues the original’s moping melancholy with a deeper sensuality by adding slow, fuzzed-out beats and cinematic female vocals. This CD works both as a compilation of industrial electronics and an introduction to hEADaCHE’s body of work, and hopefully its diverse collection of artists will introduce new fans to a talented producer they might not have otherwise discovered.

Side-line by Cedric

I think it’s always something special to release an album with all kinds of remixes a band made for others. This is a collection of remixes hEADaCHE made for formations like Collide, Diverje, Croc Shop, Noxious Emotion etc… and which have been released on different labels. It’s hard to recognize the style of the band, but the least I can say is that several remixes are pretty cool! So it starts with the dark electronic “Wings of steel”-remix of Collide. The more into jungle remixes they made for Diverje (cf. “Stronger”), LiveSexAct (cf. “New version of you”) and again Diverje (cf. “Suspicion”) are 3 powerful and cool mixes. In a different style, which moves into sophisticated treatments, there’s “Mystery of life” remix of Noxious Emotion. It seems that it has been their very first remix he ever made. Another cool cut is the “T-t-trainwreck” remix of Five Star Reject. I really like the multitude of bleeps running through this mix. Last, but not least, we also get a cover of Radiohead’s “Exit music” by CEOXiME, which sounds a bit bombastic and trip hop like. Notice by the way that CEOXiME is a project of hEADaCHE. An easy and enjoyable listening! (DP:6/7)

Chain DLK by Ian Hall

Chicago-based hEADaCHE flexes his sonic architectural muscle on fourteen club tracks in this full-on remix effort. Primarily electro-industrial in their original incarnations, these re-born tunes emerge with shiny, synthetic wings, flying away in all new directions. The disc is solid from front to back, but some tracks really sprint to the fore. “Wings of Steel” by Collide glides on shimmering blanket of slowly waxing and waning trance lines, while a terse broken-beat stutters underfoot. Diverje/Soul Circuit’s “Stronger,” is indeed a brawny beast, distorted breakbeats giving it a completely different edge than the original version. The extended mix of Noxious Emotion’s “Mystery of Life” is a hellacious long-player, somewhat reminiscent of the music used in some of the fiercest levels in the game Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, clocking in at an inhuman 9:37! “Mettle IV: Programmed Apathy” goes in the opposite direction, getting a quick, yet intense makeover. The Bottomfeeders track “Maybe Someday” is an interesting departure from the heavy-breakbeat sound, as hEADaCHE allows a strong vocal track to remain the focus of this song. Slow, deftly rendered beat clusters give a lift to the tender, ballad-like “Ovoid Vovoid,” by Flood Damage. “T-T-Trainwreck” is a techno-infused rappel down the side of a skyscraper, as Five Star Reject’s track cranks up the adrenaline. hEADaCHE’s band CEOXiME closes out the disc by stepping out of the club and into a dark alley with a low-key alteration of Radiohead’s “Exit Music.” hEADaCHE does a remarkable job of weaving his broken-beat styling into many of the remixes on this disc, considering the varied musical styles and textures of the source work. The CEOXiME track was a great choice as a finisher, too. A fine piece of remix work!

Chain DLK by Tongue Muzzle

Compilations are always a risky fair, loaded with bands both familiar and completely unknown, the listener can be either blown away by fantastic material or have their eardrums tortured for the length of the CD. The material can often be inconsistent thematically or have varying degrees of production quality. Fortunately, none of the these potential problems plague "fULLY aUTOMATED: The hEADaCHE re:mixes". The compilation consists of 14 remixes from a relatively diverse collection of bands all remixed by CEOXiME founder, hEADaCHE (who also provides us with a 15th track, a previously unreleased CEOXiME cover of Radio Head's "Exit Music {for a film}") . hEADaCHE levels the playing ground here. While the songs still maintain their original characteristics, going through hEADaCHE's blender-like maelstrom of beats and song reconstructions has unified them into a fantastically consistent CD that delivers the goods. Dance-floor remixes are more or less cast aside leaving room for more creative arrangements that are engaging, unpredictable and great for multiple listens. Bands featured on the compilation are Collide, Hypoid, Diverje, Soul Circuit, Croc Shop, Silvercord, LiveSexAct, Noxious Emotion, function13, things outside the skin, Bottomfeeder, Endif, Flood Damage, Five Star Reject and CEOXiME. Stand-out tracks: Endif "Ashes", Hypoid "Deprogramming Deposits of Fat" and Bottomfeeder "Maybe Someday".

Reviews of other hEADaCHE remixes

Release Magazine by Johan Carlsson

Re: Collide: Vortex
Variation is good, with styles ranging from Charlie Clouser’s dark, trippy and guitar-laden mix of “Euphoria” via the softer and groovy Conjure One mix of “Tempted”, to hEADaCHE's breakbeat version of “Wings of Steel”. All those mentioned are among my favourites, and bring a lot of fresh ideas to the table.

Technopunk Music by Bill Whiting-Mahoney

Re: LiveSexAct: Segmented Purity
The one worth remembering when all is said and done belongs to the gorgeous and intoxicating "New Version Of You" as interpreted by hEADaCHE of CEOXiME that demonstrates the rare beauties of Segmented Purity: The Remixes make LiveSexAct much better as a seduction than a straight-out live fuck-fest.

Sideline

Re: Mutual Bonding Through Violation
...If you survive that, a few more songs will show you a softer and more ‘musical’ way of composing. It remains aggressive and sung in a heavy distorted way, like the vocals have been transposed in a wall of noise! I personally prefer this approach and especially on cuts like “Deface” and the “Suspension Of Disbelief” remix by Ceoxime! This is definitely an experience to expose your nerves and brains to a high degree of tolerance and loudness!

BlackSheep Zine by Tommy T.

Re: Mutual Bonding Through Violation
The album ends with 2 remixes, one of "Suspension Of Disbelief" from CEOXiME. This one works well with mixing drum-n-bass and electro-industrial textures. This mix gives the song a more "dark electro" sound and is free of guitars.

Something Used

Re: Mutual Bonding Through Violation
Some of the tracks are very club/underground party worthy. Take tracks the remixes by CEOXiME and Iammynewt that close the disc -- if you were to just omit the lyrics and leave the songs as instrumental -- you have a couple of great club songs.

RhythmUS Network by Thengore

Re: Diverje 2:40AM
The hEADaCHE mix of "Stimulate" is very interesting as well. hEADaCHE has some weird way of manipulating bass rhythms and twisting the original track.

AmbiEntrance by David J Opdyke

Re: LiveSexAct: Segmented Purity
Drum-machine-gone-mad rhythms pummel the otherwise floaty expanse of "New Version of You (hEADaCHE re:mix)" which is dominated by soft female words, from hEADaCHE of CEOXiME.

www.performermag.com by C.D. DiGuardia

Re: LiveSexAct: Segmented Purity
Somewhere around track two, in the second minute of "New Version of You", the drugs began to take hold. At least that's what it felt like.

from the LiveSexAct website by Patti Leake

Re: LiveSexAct: Segmented Purity
have been listening and listening to your cd, and i wanted to tell you i love it! ... Today my favourite tracks are #2 and 15.