Boomkat Product Review:
*Includes a download coupon for entire album redeemable from the label* Secret Stash seem to be shaping up like an American answer to Finders Keepers, and follow suit with this great collection of Iranian '70s Funk and Soul originals. All these songs were created during Iran's cultural renaissance prior to Ayatollah Kohmeini's imposed anti-western policy circa 1979 when studios were burned and many of its artists exiled. But, as the Ayatollah knew all too well, these artists had already created some badass funk, mixing Farsi and English lyrics with typically western instrumentation and traditional melodies. All of these tracks are taken from the catalogue of the state-owned Ahang Rooz label and its subsidiaries, Olympic, Caspian, Royal and Apollon, and shares some names with previous FK records in the form of Mehrpouya's exotic sitar special 'Soul Raga' and 'Ghabileye Leyli', plus a couple of numbers from Googoosh on 'Talagh' and the darkly cinematic 'Respect'. For the funk heads and breaks diggers there's more ripe fruits for the picking on Martik's amazing cover of Stevie Wonder's 'Past Time Paradise' and Shoreh's strutting 'Del'. Quality!