20 for ’14: Hail Mary Mallon – Krill

Part 8 of a 20 part rundown of my favourite tracks of last year

It starts with a groove that sounds a lot like the intro to Knight Rider. In a perfect world there’d be a music video for it with that fantastic old voiceover: Bestiary – A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of men who do not exist. Hail Mary Mallon, young loners on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law. Anyway. Bestiary is a masterclass of elastic flows over brain-worm beats – even when you’re not entirely sure what either Aesop or Rob are rapping about you can get lost in their hazy cadences and inventive rhyming. Kiln is both one of the most immediate tracks from the record and one that sticks with you long after the less obvious tracks have caught up – the hook is one of the catchiest either one has ever laid down, sticking to your mouth like peanut butter from the first listen on. That pause before the last line – “Swim with the Krill” – is one of those beautiful moments of sweet anticipation that rarely fails to plaster a smile across my face. It’s a great song for a morning walk to work, the beat putting fresh impetus into your steps and both men bringing great lines laced with humour that’ll remind you the world isn’t quite as awful as it seems on a dull winters morning before work.