“Sharing ideas with other people made me progress way faster,” explains Priori of his collaborative process. The Montréal-based producer — real name: Francis Latreille — is a member of seven musical projects including his solo one: Jump Source with Patrick Holland, ANF with Dust-e-1, Housemates and Ntel with Ex-Terrestrial (who actually was his housemate), M.S.L with his friend Edouard, and New World Science with an array of Montréal artists, including Ex-T and RAMZi. Many of these projects have been platformed via NAFF Recordings, the label he also co-runs with Ex-Terrestrial.
As Priori, his 2019 album ‘On A Nimbus’ was up there with the finest extended works of that year, bursting with sensitive, textural sound design and smart compositions that swerve gracefully from ambient and deep house into spaced-out strands of IDM and techno. During lockdown, he dropped ‘Infinity’ on Bandcamp. A dose of triumphant trance-y techno, it was the perfect antidote to the then dire situation we found ourselves in. Digitals were so popular online, they decided to press it to wax. His second album, ‘Your Own Power’, was released in November. A remix EP for the album, featuring Donato Dozzy, Aurora Halal, DJ Python and Bambounou, will be released in March.
He got into all of this quite young, at around 15. “The very first pieces of proper dance music I listened to were from Daft Punk,” he recalls.“I started looking up the people from their song ‘Teachers’, and through that I heard Chicago and Detroit music. I got really curious about how that stuff was made.” Things took a while to get going for a young Francis; he produced alone for six years before he found like-minded folks. “Making music was always a pretty lonely thing for me, I just did it in the basement at my parents’ place,” he says. “I didn’t know anyone who was doing this. It was just me and the internet.”