The French singer-producer, born Héloïse Letissier, is ready to pump up the jam on the follow-up to 2015’s self-titled English-language debut. Her new songs, which she mostly self-produced, are more upbeat and dancier, drawing inspiration from ‘80s electronica, ‘90s G-funk, Dangerous-era Michael Jackson and classic Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis beats. More notably, she’s delivering them via Chris, the macho, gender-bending evolution of her Christine stage persona. “The record is so much about desire as a force of chaos and ecstasy that the sounds had to be a bit tougher,” she recently explained to Billboard. “On the first album, I was dreaming about being touched and looked at. With the second album, I’m trying it, I’m touching, I’m relating…There is way more life.” -- N.F.