If the Y2K revival wasn’t already in full swing by the time Charli entered the chatroom, it feels like we’re one consensus on low-rise jeans (and one iPod revival) away from a full-on reversion to that brief period of innocence between January 1, 2000 and September of the following year. On her new single “Lookin’ 4 Pleasure,” Dominic Sen recreates that moment in a way that only someone who LiveJournaled their way through it can, reverently merging the words of girl-group pop vocals of that era and the R&B that took off shortly after. “To really help sell that sexy vibe, [co-producer] Ronnie Stone and I took inspiration from Y2K-era Usher to develop the overall sound and feel," Sen clarifies.
On a deeper level, the track conveys a self-realization that’s much more mature than the superficial anxieties of the teenhood she endured in this bygone period. “‘Lookin’ 4 Pleasure’ pays tribute to the experience of turning inward for pleasure during times when external validation and the company of others feels too loaded or fraught,” she explains. “On a cursory level, this song is about physical pleasure, but it’s meant to encompass all types of joy-inspiring self-exploration. I wanted to make this song sexy, like a pining love song to the self.”
The track is now streaming via Grind Select—hear it below.