Summer is nearly here and with it comes a respite, albeit brief, for Miami locals from a frenzied social calendar. Make no mistake, this doesn’t mean that partying comes to a complete halt. It’s simply a time for the most active partygoers to indulge in happenings with a more laid-back atmosphere (mantra: less rage, more relax).
Yissel Cabrera aka DJ YSL, a born-and-raised Miami girl of Cuban descent, is on the front line of the chillout electronic music scene mixing records to fit the mood at glitzy events and venues from the Magic City to Marrakech.
Like many DJs, this sprightly “music stylist” who burst on the scene a few years ago, takes an artistic approach to crafting her signature sound and arranging music into an ethereal blend of house, disco, funk, hip hop, and vintage classics. In fact, YSL released her first original track this week, a melodic remake of Ashanti’s “Rock Wit U” with R&B vocals and heavy summer vibes.
YSL’s personal style is also worth noting: “I’m known as the girl who spins in Louboutin, which has become an expensive title to live up to,” she says. At just five feet tall, five-inch stilettos are essentially a prerequisite for any jaunt.
This summer, you can listen to what carried YSL to Art Basel last year in Switzerland where she performed alongside other international recording artists like Jasmine Kara and Solange Knowles. YSL’s weekly poolside residency grooves from noon to dusk every Saturday at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave. And, on Saturday nights at 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, 1826 Collins Ave., she’s turning it up a bit for the swanky set from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Take a piece of YSL home with you: “Stylish Summer Sounds” is a collection of music curated exclusively for Miami.com readers with 20 tracks and more than an hour and a half of her picks for summertime jams. Stilettos not included.
Rock With Me (Original Mix) – YSL & Dimarco – Just released!
XXX88 (Joe Hertz Remix) – MO ft. Diplo
Blinkin – Pioneerball & Lipelis
I See Ghost (Ghost Gunfighters) (Star Slinger Remix) – As Animals
Feel You – Cedric Zeyenne
Crosses (Simone Vitullo Remix) – Chicco Secci & Fabio B
White Tiger (FlicFlac Remix) – Izzy Bizu
My Princess (Niko Schwind Remix) – Lexer
Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) – Mr. Probz
Day & Night (DJ Kolya Remix) – Tasteful House
You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix) – AlunaGeorge
Rather Be (The Magician Remix) – Clean Bandit
Reckless Ardor – EDX
Sundown (Croatia Squad Remix) – Me & My Toothbrush
White Noise (Hotel Garuda Edition) – Disclosure
You Are My Pride (Croatia Squad Remix) – Nora En Pure
Gas Pedal (Motez Edit) – Sage The Gemini
Come Alive (Le Youth Remix) – Chromeo ft Toro Y Moi
Jubel (Zero Set Rewerk) – Klingande
Miami 82 (Kygo Remix) – Syn Cole