Forging cosmic, frenetic techno and IDM creations out of the remains of the past, Priori's productions are euphoric, layered, and organic all at once, Francis Latreille crafts unique dance music that pierces the veil of musical reality and opens up open up new spaces.
Raised in Longueuil, Quebec, Latreille stumbled into techno through an accidental Kazaa download, which led to an obsession with dance music and the creation of the Francis Oak moniker. Following a residency at Montréal’s Le Bleury Bar à Vinyle, and a friendship with Patrick Holland that birthed 2016’s warmly nostalgic Jump Source project, Latreille decided to form the NAFF label alongside fellow Montreal producer Adam Feingold.
NAFF's uncompromising releases show an eccentrically-tuned ear for curation that landed them in Mixmag's Best Labels of 2018 list. While Priori’s collaborations with RAMZi, Feingold, Project Pablo, and Dust-E-1 all showcase a talent for playing off the strengths of others, the common element amongst them is Latreille’s instinct for pacing—knowing just the right classic rave vocal sample that will turn the chill-out room into a frothing blur of movement. 2020 sees the birth of a new sub-label on NAFF, entitled Garmo, full of trippy, propulsive techno that showcases Latreille's knack for textural sounds and proficiency for uniquely hypnotic sound.
For this year's MUTEK, Latreille will perform a live set informed by the worlds of science fiction and fantasy that are so dear to him, broadcasting subtly emotional futuristic compositions galaxy-wide. Expect a zero-gravity journey guided by a prolific, psychedelic house expert.