Cold Specks is the stage name of singer/songwriter Ladan Hussein, previously known as Al Spx. 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 features trumpet playing by Ambrose Akinmusire and backing vocals from Michael Gira of Swans.