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.
Armed with a deep respect for ever-shifting permutations of techno and IDM, Francis Latreille's productions morph and shift with every release, channelling murky acid lines, trance-influenced euphoria, and spacey, organic breakbeats. Propulsive, unique dance music that pierces the veil of musical reality to open up new spaces.
Montréal-based DJ and producer Francis Latreille (formerly Francis Oak), half of Ntel alongside Ex-Terrestrial, part of ANF with Dust-e-1, and sharing Jump Source credits with Patrick Holland
NAFF, Echovolt Records, DustWORLD, Garmo
Infinity (Not on Label, 2020), SNA EP (DustWORLD, 2020), Priori Presents RED (143) (Garmo, 2020), We Have The Nimbus - (NAFF, 2019), On A Nimbus Remixes (NAFF, 2019)
Latreille masterminded an album of synthesizer experiments backed by saxophone musings under the New World Science moniker, collaborating with Ex-Terrestrial, Ramzi, and R Weng.