Cold Specks

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Cold Specks
Birth nameLadan Hussein
Also known asAl Spx
Goth rock
Years active2011–present
LabelsMute/EMI Records (world except Canada)
Arts & Crafts/EMI Records (Canada)
Associated actsPJ Harvey
Massive Attack
Ambrose Akinmusire

Cold Specks is the stage name of Somali Canadian[1] singer-songwriter Ladan Hussein, who was previously known as Al Spx.[2] Her music has been described as doom-soul. The name Cold Specks is taken from a line in James Joyce's Ulysses ("Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness.").

She released her debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, on May 21, 2012, on Mute Records and Arts & Crafts in Canada.

Her second album, Neuroplasticity, was released on August 26, 2014. It featured trumpet playing by Ambrose Akinmusire and backing vocals from Michael Gira of Swans.



  • 2011: "Holland"
  • 2012: "Winter Solstice"
  • 2012: "Blank Maps"
  • 2012 "Hector"
  • 2014: "Absisto"
  • 2015: "Bodies at Bay"
  • 2017: "Fool's Paradise"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result[citation needed]
2012 2012 Polaris Music Prize Polaris Music Prize I Predict a Graceful Expulsion Nominated
2013 SiriusXM Indies Awards[4] Artist of the Year Cold Specks Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Won
Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Soul/R&B Artist or Group of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "How I survived a psychotic break". Toronto Life. 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ "The Wall Street Journal". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  3. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "2013 SIRIUSXM INDIE AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!". SiriusXM INDIES. Retrieved 21 September 2014.

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