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Dacey’s dizzying “LUV U A LIL BIT” is a confident display of passion

Dacey – “LUV U A LIL BIT.” Single artwork by Galaxia Wu. .

It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Dacey, the Vancouver-based alt-pop supergroup made up of musicians Dacey Andrada, Justin Tecson, Joshua Akow, Nathan Chan and Marco Marin.

Fresh off of releasing their excellent debut in January, SATIN PLAYGROUND EP (a release that I’ll happily admit I’ve been playing on repeat all year), Dacey has been keeping busy in their own ways — including releasing a hilarious, demo-like surprise single in “DOWN U BUSY” and promoting a surprise limited-edition wine release with a local winery. However, given the smooth, R&B stylings of Dacey’s debut, that wine collaboration doesn’t seem as far-fetched as one might think. (I’d argue that few releases this year pair with wine as well as SATIN PLAYGROUND EP does.) 

However, if SATIN PLAYGROUND EP works great at soundtracking a lonely late night indulgence, Dacey’s latest single, “LUV U A LIL BIT” switches gears by illustrating messier, passionate feelings. Stripping away some of the self-conscious sheen that adorned their debut, “LUV U A LIL BIT” is Dacey at their best. Here, lead singer Andrada is direct and unflinching, telling the song’s recipient exactly what she wants (“I miss yo stupid shit / And all yo messy fits / Yeah I need yo cupid lips / Yo grip tight on my hips”). Unlike many R&B-inspired bands, Dacey is not afraid to add in more fuzz to the mix, accurately depicting the dizzying, love drunk emotions that ooze out of the song. What results is a confident showcase of pure passion, a rare element that cuts out all of the mystery and gets straight to the point.

Together with some crunchy guitars, rapturous air-horns, and Andrada’s forward attitude, Dacey forges a completely new direction for themselves — turning the lonely nights of SATIN PLAYGROUND into a future of lustful ones instead.

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