From The Desk Of Cold Specks: Paradise Playlist (John Maus’ “Hey Moon”)

Ladan Hussein, the woman who records and performs as Cold Specks, is quietly intense. On Fool’s Paradise (Arts & Crafts), her third album, Hussein’s music is stripped down to the essentials. Soft, mournful synthesizers drift through a melancholy space, with elusive percussion accents in the background. Her hushed, jazz-inflected vocals are full of passionate yearning, the sound of a soul on the verge of tears or explosive anger. “This is a deeply personal album,” says the Toronto-based Hussein. “It deals with a variety of topics from self-love, identity and diaspora dreaming during the apocalypse. I wrote most of the record in a period where I was feeling as though I needed to detach from the world, for the sake of my own sanity. The album is a brutally honest document of it all.” Hussein will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on her.

Hussein: Apathy during the apocalypse is the goal. Switch it off and sigh. Here are songs to keep you warm during the disconnection process. (You can keep up with my Paradise Playlist on Spotify.)

Anyone who knows me well is painfully aware of my obsession with this song. It was my anthem for a number of years and probably is on every playlist I’ve made in the last five. It’s a pretty simple lo-fi pop song that moves beautifully. I listened to it a lot when I was attempting to disconnect from toxic people. I don’t know what it is about this song, but it really helps me turn ex-lovers into ghosts who never linger.