Inserting some intergalactic optimism onto the dancefloor, Melbourne’s newest dance recruit, Stace Cadet has just released his debut single Molly Happy, alongside an accompanying music video that may or may not have been shot on Mars. To celebrate his release that has impressively already climbed to number 2 on the ARIA club charts (lastweek), Stace Cadet has today announced a national tour set to kick off in Melbourne on April 15, heading on through Adelaide, Brisbane and finishing up in Sydney on June 11.
Molly Happy is upbeat, visceral, and adventurous – and you can let Houston know that there’s not a problem in sight. House music fans will rejoice in the oozing bass, progressive, intricate production and concise, clever vocals that inform this slick debut. The man behind Stace Cadet, the effervescent Stasi Kotaras is coy about the details of Molly Happy’s conception, but reveals the basic recipe which could easily be mistaken for the plotline of the next big Hollywood blockbuster: “1 road trip around the US, one Claude VonStroke set, one private show from a high school marching band, a fire extinguisher, and a shirtless billionaire riding a Harley two hours inland for burgers.”
With an incredible host of Molly Happy remixes landing, including the likes of Dirtybird Records Kyle Watson, Sydney wonder boy Acaddamy and the best thing to come out of trap world since rolling snares, MOSS (Bris), you’d be forgiven for thinking it couldn’t get much better. “It was a Thursday afternoon and I was tackling a Bega Stringer like my life depended on it,” laughs Kotaras “and boom, I get an email from a very dear friend of mine, Guy Chappell (Yacht Club Dj’s / Twinsy) with a link to this delicious Twinsy mix. I threw the stringer on the ground and called the Medium Rare Records team and here we are.”
Directed by Chase Burns (Troye Sivan, Happy Little Pill), the video for Molly Happy is an existential exploration of yin and yang – punctuated to perfection with some signature Stace Cadet, astronautic dance moves, of course. Shot at Lake Corangamite – the closest thing to Mars on Earth, the video follows our hero Stace Cadet as he is thrust into an alien landscape, completely alone, or so he thinks. “In the clip, the YANG version of me finds a charm that transports him into another world where the YIN version of me finds some mirrors that encourage him to explore his emotions,’ explains Kotaras. “At the end of the clip he realises he quite likes this world, and lets himself wander off in the never-ending scape of it.”
Intrigued? You’re not the only one. The enigmatic Stace Cadet has caught the attention of Medium Rare Recordings, signing a deal with the renowned dance label owned by Ben O’Connor (better known as Benson), Daniel Farley (AKA Terace) Michael Mitropoulos (AKA Mike Metro) and Tom Piper (AKA LO’99).
To celebrate the release of Molly Happy, Stace Cadet will be embarking on a national tour, kicking off with a gig alongside the voice of Peking Duck’s High, Nicole Millar at Old Mates in Melbourne, and then wrapping up in Sydney on June 11. Letting audiences know what to expect from a Stace Cadet show, Kotaras enthuses, “Stace Cadet sets are deeply bass driven, energetic and climactic. Lots of big builds and deep drops… come have a listen and I’ll take you there. And I like to dance, notorious for it. Music is a joyous thing, it should be celebrated from both sides of the decks.”
Molly Happy is out now and we suggest you do yourselves a favour and jump on to Mars with Stace Cadet, strap in for a thrilling ride you won’t forget!