Ishq

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Ishq have been making music since about 1995 under various guises including Indigo egg, Ishvara, Elve, and a few other alter egos. Ishq music skirts between IDM electronica, deep ambience and even has some newage overtones. The emphasis seems to be on music as harmony.

Ishq means "love" in Persian and Hindi, it is also a word used by such past masters as Rumi to express love of the divine and the ecstatic love of the Sufi or lover of God and all God's creation.

Matt and Jacqueline also run Virtual (3), a limited edition CD label which releases their more experimental soundscape music and other studio works.
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DAK2109 Orchid — Ishq Ishq Orchid (Album) Dakini Records DAK2109 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
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Vs01 Timelapse In Mercury — Ishq Ishq Timelapse In Mercury (Album) Virtual (3) Vs01 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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AA0004 About Time — Ishq Pan Electric & Ishq Pan Electric & Ishq - About Time(CD, Album) Absolute Ambient.com AA0004 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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AW2058 Spiritual Science / The Voice From Home — Ishq Steve Brand + ISHQ Steve Brand + ISHQ - Spiritual Science / The Voice From Home (Album) AtmoWorks AW2058 US 2009 Sell This Version
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ELS 004 Sama — Ishq Ishq Sama (Album) Electronic Soundscapes Records ELS 004 UK 2010 Sell This Version
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Ishq03 Fluid Earth — Ishq Ishq Fluid Earth (Album) Virtual (3) Ishq03 UK 2010 Sell This Version
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VL01 Skyspaces — Ishq Ishq Skyspaces (Album) Virtual (3) VL01 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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ICHILL CD 043 And Awake — Ishq Ishq And Awake (Album) Interchill Records ICHILL CD 043 Canada 2011 Sell This Version
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Ishq04 Flowering Mountain Earth — Ishq Ishq Flowering Mountain Earth (Album) Virtual (3) Ishq04 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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LOU04 Lyght — Ishq Ishq Lyght (Album) ...txt LOU04 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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Vs02 Deep Space Objects — Ishq Ishq Deep Space Objects (Album) Virtual (3) Vs02 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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Ekt01 Zennor Plane — Ishq Ishq Zennor Plane (Album) Ektaphone Ekt01 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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VL02 Blue Infinity — Ishq Ishq Blue Infinity (Album) Virtual (3) VL02 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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Ishq06 The Invisible Landscape — Ishq Ishq The Invisible Landscape (Album) Virtual (3) Ishq06 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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VL03 Seascapes — Ishq Ishq Seascapes (Album) Virtual (3) VL03 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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Vr09 In A Rainbow Air — Ishq Ishq In A Rainbow Air (Album) Virtual (3) Vr09 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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Ishq08 Autumn Light — Ishq Ishq Autumn Light (Album) Virtual (3) Ishq08 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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No. 910 Invisible Light — Ishq Material Object + Ishq Material Object + Ishq - Invisible Light (Album) No. No. 910 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
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Ishq011 Summer Light — Ishq Ishq Summer Light (Album) Virtual (3) Ishq011 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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Ishq09 Winter Light — Ishq Ishq Winter Light (Album) Virtual (3) Ishq09 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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Ishq010 Spring Light — Ishq Ishq Spring Light (Album) Virtual (3) Ishq010 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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txt crow3 Crows An Wra Volume 3 — Ishq Plank* & Ishq Plank* & Ishq - Crows An Wra Volume 3 (Album) ...txt txt crow3 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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txt crow1 Crows An Wra Volume 1 — Ishq Plank* & Ishq Plank* & Ishq - Crows An Wra Volume 1 (Album) ...txt txt crow1 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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Vr013 Nutopia — Ishq Ishq Nutopia (Album, EP) Virtual (3) Vr013 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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VL05 Pureland — Ishq Ishq Pureland (Album) Virtual (3) VL05 UK 2016 Sell This Version

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purlieu

purlieu

May 8, 2022
There’s more variety in the later material than is always obvious - after a while I gave up trying to keep up, but a recent exploration of Matt’s work via Tidal has revealed some gems I’d previously missed. The Archetypes of Light releases are 70s-leaning textures mixing abstraction and beats, In a Rainbow Air, Nutopia and Evergreen Ocean are rich, memorable ambient, some of the Omni Vu Deity records have strident chunky beats and ethnic samples in a mid-‘90s FAX style. There’s undoubtedly still more good stuff I haven’t got around to yet.

Yes, there are still a lot of albums that feel like Matt has just doodled on a few synths for 60 minutes and sent the result off to the manufacturers, and finding the best work takes a lot of time and patience, but there are still plenty of moments where the Ishq of 2001-2011 shines through.
Stormchild

Stormchild

August 8, 2021
Orchid is the standout Ishq album, but also check out Magik Square Of The Sun, released as Ishvara. I think it's just as good.
Voknelog

Voknelog

December 2, 2019
2019 year of Matt Hillier: Stop, little pot!!! (Brothers Grimm, Sweet Porridge)
I do not have time to listen
Refried

Refried

November 7, 2019
This group seems to have a machine with a giant button that says, "Make Album" on it. They have far too many clones of ultimately the same songs, when all is said and done. While some of their later works are banal, you can tell that their earlier works contained more thought and devotion and are worth giving attention to.
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bullfinchart

bullfinchart

June 3, 2017
Ishq has/have produced some beautiful work over the years. Obviously Orchid is the go-to album, and it is a well-deserved classic, but there are other great moments scattered throughout the Virtual catalogue. Some will enjoy every album Matt puts out through his various aliases, although as mentioned below, there's a certain sameness to his synth sounds that makes oversaturation likely. That said, due to the limited nature of the releases, it's most wise to give them a listen and pick the ones that stand out to you.

Everything from abstract drone to intricately programmed synth miniatures can be found, and although the overtly rhythm and melody-centred approach of Orchid is mostly restricted to the 'bigger' albums (Sama, And Awake) and the compilations (Lotus and Sunflower both highly recommended), there are plenty of beautiful pieces throughout the many albums put out.

My personal favourites include Seascapes and Blue Infinity (beautifully sculptured droney ambient), Fhorm (strangely experimental soundscapes), both Ishvara albums (wonderful textures and melodies) and Onirojenik World by Onirojenik (amorphous, flowing organic ambience). This isn't necessarily a project to be a completist of, but one to find your favourite releases of and enjoy them for their own qualities.
Czorny

Czorny

January 7, 2017
Ishq was one of my favorite bands. They still are, but I only listen to their early songs, up to 2010-2011. The rest sounds like one album to me: just some noises with one single tune repeated multiple times for one hour. Nothing special, tons of similar albums out there. Yet you won't find anything similar to Orchid and Nepalese Sun song is a pure masterpiece.
jonaswilde

jonaswilde

November 27, 2016
I find their minimalism and good nature heartening and great to work to. Strength to strength with every subtle, gentle release.
sonicboffin

sonicboffin

March 4, 2013
edited over 10 years ago
Love beauty and harmony.

Some will find music with those qualities offensive if they are full of hate or shall we say insecure and judgemental.

Ishq means 'love' in case people didnt know.

Listen with your heart.

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Articuno

Articuno

November 21, 2011
Ishq debuted with something amazing and unique. Every release since then has been getting more bland and inoffensive than the last. Now his music all sounds the same: some water sounds, some soft melodies, some girl moaning, nothing happening. Unfortunate that his original stroke of art went nowhere. From his extensive catalog, Orchid is the only one worth listening to.
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nyamcz

nyamcz

November 27, 2010
Very special band.

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