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12inch / Dark Entries Records / 2014 (1983-85)


Dark Entries Editions reissue series continues with a double A-side
of the first two Helen maxi singles, “Witch” and “Zanzibar”, as a 4-song
EP. Helen was an Italo disco studio project that consisted of various
producers, songwriters, and vocalists from Italy in the 1980s. The first
line-up included popular Italo producers Piero Cairo and Massimo Noe,
known for their work with Joe Yellow, Den Harrow, Pink Project, and
Dharma to name a few. They were joined by prolific Italo session
vocalist Elena Ferretti. “Witch” was originally released in 1983 on Out
Records, a label distributed by Discomagic Records. Signature Linndrum
and Simmons drums create the driving rhythm track while Elena’s powerful
vocals tell the haunted tale of a witch and her magic.

In 1985 the second incarnation of Helen recorded the song “Zanzibar”.
The vocal version was written by Ennio Ronchelli (Keyboards) and
Roberto Barocelli (Guitar, Bass), with singer Daniela Paratici. This
line-up was heavily influenced by the ‘Afro’ movement made popular by DJ
Beppe Loda. “Afro” refers to the Cosmic musical trend of slower disco
records featuring African drums and rhythms. The “Afro Mix” of
“Zanzibar” was produced by DJ Daniele Losi and Roberto Lodola, with
additional live hand drums and sticks by Nigerian percussionist George

All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy
Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl is housed in the original jacket from the
“Witch” maxi single, featuring artwork by Elena Feretti. Each EP
includes a fold out poster with the nude female model