Ladan Hussein, known on stage as Cold Specks, has returned with Fool’s Paradise, her most personal work yet. Recognized for her twistedly enthralling lyrics and distinctive soulful voice, she’s dug deep, masterfully and intimately exploring her Somali-Canadian roots. Gentler than her electrifying sophomore Neuroplasticity and her midnight debut I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, Fool’s Paradise encapsulates the naturalness of existing during difficult times, with potent and mournful lyrics, including a song dedicated to a semi-mythical Somali queen. Textured wiry synthesizers drape her vocals alongside her weighty sentiments, enhancing her characteristic warm melancholy.
LA Timpa is the the moniker of Nigeria-born, Toronto-based producer who started making noise in the Toronto underground in 2015 with his debut EP Animal. His creations, which range from ambient electro-pop to harsh noise are experimental, raw, and unafraid of confronting listeners.