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Regina Spektor – “Small Bill$”

Besides her instantly recognizable Orange Is The New Black theme song, we haven’t heard all that much from idiosyncratic pop chanteuse Regina Spektor since her 2012 album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. (She also had a baby in 2014, so she’s probably been pretty busy.) Thankfully, that’s all about to change, as the Russian-born singer-songwriter is returning next month with a brand new collection of songs called Remember Us To Life. On past albums, she would record various songs written throughout the course of her career, but this new one is all new songs, mostly written during and after her pregnancy. We’ve already heard one of the fruits of her labor, the flighty “Bleeding Heart,” and now we’re getting to hear another, “Small Bill$.” It’s a deep-grooving, bass driven banger with Spektor singing intricate cadences that border on rapping. She laces vivid, alluring tales over hard-hitting drums and quick violin flourishes before easing up on the hook with infectious, melodic la-la’s. Her control of temperament on this track is excellent. Listen.

Remember Us To Life is out 9/30 on Sire/Warner Bros.