[REVIEW] Stylust Beats Shuts Down The Black Box

For those of you who made it out to an Electronic Tuesdays event at Cervantes Masterpiece, you know exactly the type of good vibes Sub.mission managed to cultivate Tuesday after Tuesday For those of you who never made it, it can best be described as a weekly haven for those passionate about the Denver underground electronic music scene. “Moving people through sound, not hype” is their motto, and time and time again, they stuck to it.
When we heard that Nicole Cacciavillano and Sub.mission crew would be expanding their efforts and opening up a new venue dedicated to the same principles that built such a loyal following with Electronic Tuesdays, our interest was certainly peaked. Would there be enough interest within the Denver community to keep it alive, or will it join the list of the many fallen venues before it?
We went down to The Black Box on Thursday 1/26 to experience LA native Stylust Beats headlining performance featuring support from Colorado artists Coult-45, GBP and Sin7. Unfortunately, I was unable to catch sets from GBP and Sin7, but Coult-45 threw down the perfect set to get the crowd ready for Stylust Beats. While his focus was mainly on dubstep, he weaved between genres and BPM’s, featuring hip-hop, juke, trap, footwork, and soon after the shouting request of an audience member, some drum and bass. If I could wrap up his set into 3 words, I’d call it deep, dark and dangerous.

At the strike of midnight, Stylust Beats hit the stage with a digital vinyl turntable setup. To open his set, he throws in a scratch routine, working the crowd into a groove only to let that groove explode into a heavy bass drop. Stylust Beats refused to let his set fall into a specific genre or style, at one point mixing from Flosstradamus’s remix of Original Don into reggae into Grime. Other artists he threw into the mix include, Bassnectar, TroyBoi, Queen, Skepta, G Jones, Kendrick Lamar, NGHTMRE, Mr. Carmack, Cam’Ron and most surprisingly Hardwell. Of course, he also played his own tracks, including many from his most recent EP, “Bandana.” To end the night, he dropped an unreleased collab with the New Zealand duo, Truth. Throughout the set, he would work in turntablism routines while mixing between tracks, perfectly timing everything so that the beat would always land exactly where it was supposed to. My only criticism is that occasionally when mixing from the build of one track into the drop of another, the volume levels didn’t quite match and the drop would be a bit underwhelming. He spoke out a few times during the set, once to give a shoutout to The Black Box and the opportunity to be performing at such a cool a new venue and a second time to give a shoutout to Grassroots. Overall, I was stoked on the set and would definitely recommend checking out his next stops along the tour!
After experiencing the what the Black Box has to offer, they have our fullest support. It is a venue focused on the music. Without the extravagance of LED’s, lasers and smoke machines, a mural backdrop of the cast of Reservoir Dogs, some trippy wall art and a disco ball is all that is needed to supplement the music. They truly believe in the principles that have gotten them this far, and it is evident that the crowd believes the same. The acts they bring in play quality music, respond to the crowd, and have legitimate performance skills. The crowd is drawn in by a love of the scene. Everyone is looking to enjoy the music, hang out with friends and meet new people. Nobody is there because just because some superstar DJ they barely know is playing. If you are looking for a genuine experience in the underground music scene, The Black Box is your spot. Check out their upcoming events, and see you there!
Written by Hunter Saillen