DJ Smokey – Peach Pearls and Pikachu Gold

Ontario-based Trill Producer DJ Smokey had released two albums by the end of 2018. His consistency is seemingly never halted and his progression seems to be steadily advancing.

On the same day, Smokey released both Peach Pearls and Pikachu Gold. In terms of sound, they both contain Smokey’s sonorously clear and light-hearted production. As his previous albums were focused more on bass thrills and lo-fi gurgling, his recent efforts show a shift in more unclouded beat drops and quirky dialogue sampling.

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Regardless of the subtle shift, DJ Smokey is still one of the reigning characters in this genre. These are, more or less, compilations of flavorful production adorned by humorous dialogues matched with peddling bass and drum hats.

Pikachu Gold is not as different as Peach Pearls, so describe them into one post wouldn’t be such as arduous task.


Pikachu Gold is made up of nine tracks, all irreverently titled and produced. The first track of the album, Tell Me How U Like It, starts out with a minute-long dialogue that sets an ominous tone, then reverting to a bouncy production style halfway through. The track involves chords that ring in a high pitch, which are supported by Trap hi-hats and snare drums that run through the chord play.

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In the track Fiendin 4 Da Phonk, the hi-hats and snares drill through at a faster pace. Bass jumps reverberate in the background in the typical fashion that Smokey likes to set it at. This time, the chords match the sounds of something like Samba music, all pouncing forward one step at a time.

My personal favorites from this project are Gangsta Wine and Instagram Famous.  The chords in Gansgta Wine follow a “Cloud Rap” type of production. The drums drill in succession, appearing and then disappearing for the sake of the background sample segments and electric chords.

Instagram Famous starts out with two samples of typical Kanye West boasts. The two samples play off each other as Smokey enforces them with thumps and basslines that riddle in between the shining chords.

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The rest of the album plays off from the previous track. The track Dik Werk is as quirky as it sounds, but not to say it doesn’t have a nice catch throughout its duration.

The final track Tear Da Club Up samples the classic Three 6 Mafia track of the same title and twists the sample with bubbly, synchronized chords.


Peach Pearls is composed of nine tracks as well. These tracks hold the same energy as Pikachu Gold, with little twists and turn on the samples used. The first track, Milkshake, samples the infamous Kelis song of the same title. The production itself peddles through the frothing drum hats with animated chord lines.

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This type of energy flows through the following tracks Hoes Get Naked, Gimme Yo Money Pt. 2, Hollaback Gurl, etc. There is no much anything different than Pikachu Gold, rather than the technical sound choices.

A personal favorite from the album entitled Vulture Life extends its four-minute duration with an ominous sample that talks about “clipping an AK-47” and is warped by Smokey’s light-tempered electric chords and signature drum set pattern.


DJ Smokey still demonstrates his vigor with the amount of music he’s released from the past couple of years. His consistency is a sure advent in his career, which still doesn’t stop him from showcasing different variations and textures with his style.

These albums at this point only add on to his growing catalog. This does not seem to be a stopping point. These aren’t the most ambitious albums in his discography, although, it doesn’t seem like these will be the last.

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