OXOS is a Rotterdam-based synthpop/indietronica outlet by a Polish expat, Bartek Urban, looking to reinvent himself after moving out of his homeland. After self-releasing 4 full-length albums as Hey Karen, it’s time to start over. It’s time to create something beautiful.
OXOS will release a trilogy of EPs, which will provide a much-needed exploration for a distinct sound he wants to maintain, while still building upon his already established style that was present on Hey Karen releases. The first of three, called NOTHING MATTERS, was released on May 21st, 2020, and the 2nd one, EVERYTHING. NO, EVERYTHING, came out on August 1st.
You could call [him] Warsaw’s answer to Trent Reznor. There’s a similar level of whisper-to-a-scream unpredictability to [his] musical output, as he cartwheels through industrial, tech-house, and synth-pop. Vocoder? Yup. Deep beats? Yeah, why not? Bucolic instrumental passages? Hell yes! The fun is seeing which tool he’ll pull out of his kit next. (Spoiler: all of them.) ~ Bandcamp
[He writes] songs with such unpredictable structures, it's impossible to guess where will they go. Chiptunesque electro attacks you from the very start with its density, distinct rhythm, and clever electronic additions. ~ We Are From Poland
[It’s] like carpet bombing. Just grand artillery with fat beats. ~ Brand New Anthem