went to nowadays last night, very much in brooklyn, and if not a place where the BCM would hang out, it's definitely adjacent to all of that. class place. i wasn't expecting it but a dj called lychee played a three hour peak hours set where she spent ages refusing to do any 4x4, she just put on a load of syncopated murky bass that snaked around and little skittery drums, i got really into that. at one point she put some amens over the top, just for flavour rather than rhthym, i was willing her to go into some d&b/jungle but she didn't, and now i really need to go and see some
i've noticed soundsystems are amazing these days. this one was loud but clear. fuck knows how it works but both the nowadays system and the one at basement manage to be properly loud but also let you talk to the people next to you. some of the ones at glastonbury are a bit like that now as well. they sound so different to how i remember them sounding back in the day, everything sounds so crisp and separated out rather than one big mulch.
one thing that you lot might be interested in is the safe space stuff that happens at a few clubs here. maybe london is the same. coming in you stand in a little room and one of the staff tells you the rules, no misogyny homophobia etc etc, consent for touching etc, here is who to speak to if you don't like how someone is behaving, and we will throw you out if you're out of line. it seems so obviously like a good thing to me.