Cold Specks

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Cold Specks
Birth name Al Spx
Genres Soul
Goth rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Acoustic guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Mute/EMI Records (world except Canada)
Arts & Crafts/EMI Records (Canada)
Associated acts PJ Harvey
Tom Waits
Richie Havens
Ambrose Akinmusire
Website Official site

Cold Specks, also known as Al Spx, is the stage name of Ladan Hussein,[1] a Somali-Canadian singer-songwriter. 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.").

Cold Specks appeared on Series 39, Episode 7, of Later with Jools Holland.[2] Her debut single "Holland" was released on October 17, 2011,.[3] She released her debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, on May 21, 2012, on Mute Records and Arts & Crafts in Canada.

Cold Specks appears on two tracks of Moby's 2013 album Innocents, including the lead single, “A Case for Shame,” which was released on 1 July 2013.[4] She also appears on the track “Bring the Sun” of Swans’ 2014 album To Be Kind.

Cold specks appears on the song "Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child (Cyntoia Brown)" of Ambrose Akinmusire's 2014 album The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint.[5]

Her second album, Neuroplasticity, was released on August 26, 2014. It features 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"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 2012 Polaris Music Prize Polaris Music Prize I Predict a Graceful Expulsion Nominated
2013 SiriusXM Indies Awards[7] 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. ^ "The Wall Street Journal". Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Later with Jools Holland". Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cold Specks - Holland". ParadYse records. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "innocents - new album from moby -". Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Albums From Aloe Blacc, Sara Evans and Ambrose Akinmusire". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "2013 SIRIUSXM INDIE AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!". SiriusXM INDIES. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 

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