Born in Toronto, Canadian singer Cold Specks has been a byword for rare talent and depth of feeling since her arrival in late 2011. In the afterglow of first single ‘Holland,’ she performed on Jools Holland.
Her 2012 debut album, ‘I Predict a Graceful Expulsion!’, hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut was shortlisted for a Juno award and Polaris Prize.
Cold Specks returned with her sophomore album ‘Neuroplasticity’, two years and a world map of tours later. Voted one of The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times’ albums of the year, the followup was radically expanded.
When not writing or touring, they were pinballing between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators. Cold Specks worked on Moby’s album ‘Innocents’ and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday, alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock. She contributed to celebrated American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Blue Note album ‘The Imagined Saviour Is far Easier To Paint’ and the Swans album ‘To Be Kind’.
Cold Specks is currently in the studio completing her third album.
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.