Cold Specks

Ladan Hussein, known on stage as Cold Specks has returned with her most personal work yet. The artist
recognized for her twistedly enthralling lyrics and distinctive soulful voice, has dug deep and returned to
her roots. In this masterful body of work, Cold Specks intimately explores her identity as a Somali-Canadian
woman. She’s unveiled and allowed herself to stretch her palette thematically. The rawness that’s deemed
Cold Specks a dark soul, has revealed itself to be a cathartic after glow, illuminating the sort of light born
through healing.
Like waves thrashing in a chaotic sea in the middle of nowhere, Fool’s Paradise encapsulates the
naturalness of existing during difficult times. We find Ladan rejoicing the survival of those she loves while
mourning for the sorrow that continues to linger after it has beckoned its doom. Far gentler than her
electrifying sophomore Neuroplasticity and her midnight debut I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, Cold Specks
has honed her artistic agency and has invited you to bear witness.
During the creation of Fool’s Paradise, Ladan became obsessed with pre-war Mogadishu, her family’s home
city and Somalia’s capital while living in Toronto. “I just fell in love with the idea of a city I’d never known,
this beautiful city by the beach, I tried to imagine what it looked like before the war,” she remembers.
The record opens with Ladan’s emotive croon in “Fool’s Paradise” a song dedicated to a semi-mythical
Somali queen named Araweelo. For the first time, Cold Specks sings in Somali, chanting “Araweelo,” a
queen of female empowerment who was also known to castrate male prisoners. Throughout centuries, the
glorious queen would either be painted as a heroine or misandrist in folklore. Araweelo is a polarizing
dream, like Cold Specks, always dangling between varying abstracts. With melodic grace, Cold Specks sings
in “Fool’s Paradise” a Somali idiom, “kala garo naftaada iyo laftaada” which translates in English to
“understand the difference between your bones and your soul.”

LA Timpa

LA Timpa, Nigerian born producer and songwriter, immigrated to Canada as a child. He spent his formative years shaping his craft surrounded by farmland, religion and static suburbia. As foreign seasons drifted by, endless hours were dedicated to the dreaming up of sounds, brands, characters, art, clothes and films with his brother. It was diaspora dreaming, dancing divinely between their worlds. In 2015, LA Timpa began diving into field recordings he’d collect from aimless walks with a tape recorder, everything from a cat meowing to a spoon falling was recorded and then sampled into his productions. The same approach was applied to soundtrack visuals he would record with a cheap video camera. This was the beginning of the project. Last year, LA Timpa released his debut EP Animal on Toronto label Slow Release. Animal garnered critical acclaim and was featured on Pitchfork, i-D, The Fader and more. Recently, he has been held up in Toronto’s Easy Life Studio, honing his skills on late night sessions with Jim Anderson (Cold Specks, Moby, Anna Calvi). This creative environment lead to LA Timpa adding additional production to two tracks on Cold Specks’ anticipated forthcoming album, and being invited to join her as a special guest on her Fool’s Paradise World Tour 2017. LA Timpa is working on new music for release this fall and is performing on a slew of dates across the UK, EU, North America and Canada.

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