As narratives go, Class Actress couldn’t have asked for a better one for her new EP: Legendary producer Giorgio Moroder returns to a revamped version of Casablanca, the label he made famous, and turns its flagship artist into his Donna Summer of 2015. It might not be quite that simple, but the ease with which the 75-year-old pop maestro slides into his old groove with a new protege makes you think it could be. Moroder comes back with his slick synths and pulsing basslines intact, lacing openers “GFE” and “High on Love” with a touch of club speed-freak energy. In Elizabeth Harper, he’s found a voice that can go beyond the airy falsetto of those songs; she sounds electric strutting through bouncy funk-rock on “The Limit,” a track with infectious crossover appeal (see Charli XCX), while “Movies” showcases her sultry side (see Lana Del Rey, with less self-loathing). The whispery R&B cut “Love My Darkness” and lead single “More Than You” round out this quietly impressive summer soundtrack. (Out Tuesday)
essential “High on Love”Martín Caballero can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @_el_caballero.
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, Elizabeth Harper’s name was misspelled.