Jawbreakers Clean Up the Dancefloor with «This is Dirty»

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The drag-duo DJ-production team known as Jawbreakers return to the dancefloor this month with «This is Dirty», the second single from their soon-to-be-released «Just A Taste» EP.

The song is a camp club track that references The Cock Destroyers, two British porn stars who exploded on Twitter after a viral clip emerged of the two ladies proclaiming, «Do you know what we are? Cock destroyers, Cock f—ing destroyers», among other bizarre quotes. «Sophie Anderson and Rebecca More of The Cock Destroyers were a huge part of queer pop culture when we were coming of age», explains Jawbreakers’ Sabrina Babyslut to me. «We were obsessed with their strong message of sex positivity and support of sex workers». Jawbreakers met the now-split-up Cock Destroyers in 2019 at Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival. The meeting inspired them to introduce the infamous porn duo to the next generation of queer clubbers with a fanciful song that contained an underlying kink theme but was suitable for all to enjoy. «We want everyone to be able to dance and party to our music!» Jawbreakers’ Kali Forni-Kate exclaims. Jawbreaker’s «This is Dirty» is being distributed through Extrovert Music, a division of Vicious Recordings, and is available on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. Its lyric video is available on YouTube. The «Just A Taste» EP will be available on Apple Music and Spotify on April 1.

«’This is Dirty’ isn’t just for the dancefloor, it’s for all floors!» proclaims Kali Forni-Kate from her Melbourne home. «It can be listened to on loop while on hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor»,  she says. The song follows the Jawbreakers previous hit single, «Boyfriend», a track that climbed to #1 on the iTunes Dance chart in January 2022.

In the «This is Dirty» lyric video, Kali and Sabrina are seen in sexy maid uniforms, leaning into the song’s playful double meaning. «We designed and made those outfits», Sabrina explains to LGBTQ Music Chart. «Other than the fact that it was 90 degrees on the day we filmed the video, and Kali and I were in full drag in a studio with no air conditioning, we had a blast!»

Charles Buxton-Leslie, known for his recent work with queer artists G Flip and MAY-A — and for directing Jawbreakers’ «Boyfriend» video — directs the «This is Dirty» lyric video. Also returning is the washing machine from the «Boyfriend» video; this time covered in colourful stickers.

Along with the radio edit, Vicious Recordings released several new remixes of «This is Dirty» on March 4th. Included in the package will be the James Alexandr piano house remix, John Course’s minimal and dark cut and two tracks by LA based producer Twonski: a driving ‘space disco’ version and an ‘acid filth’ remix.

Kali and Sabrina first met in 2016, performing in a Britney Spears tribute show in Melbourne. They immediately clicked as both came from similar middle-class, nuclear family backgrounds, discovered drag via their passions for musical theatre, and began their individual adventures into the art form after high school. When they learned of their shared interest in music production, they decided to join forces as a DJ duo. They bought a mixer and six months later they were in business as Jawbreakers.

The duo has already headlined several international festivals including Sydney Mardi Gras and Milkshake Festival in Netherlands. Their next big gig will be Summer Camp Festival where they will perform alongside Years and Years, Big Freedia and The Veronicas. They are also slated to perform the next Goodlife U18 event, as well as Adelaide Festival, St Kilda Festival and Melbourne Pride.

«We have been keeping an eye on Jawbreakers for several years», says Damien Platt of Extrovert Music, a division of Vicious Recordings, the label that discovered Avicii when he was a teenager, and released his first ten records. «When Kali and Sabrina presented us with demos of the EP, we were instantly fans of the music. It’s fun, its camp and its quality music».

Jawbreakers is not Extrovert Music’s first foray into gay dancefloor music. Label co-founder Andy Van, of the band Madison Avenue, had a #1 dance anthem with «Don’t Call Me Baby». More recently, Sgt Slick’s recut of «Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!» went gold and has become a major queer anthem. «Extrovert Music is focusing on dance pop/disco/commercial/cross over releases». Platt continues. «A majority of our new signings and existing roster who identify as LGBTQIA+ are producing this sound».

Written by: Ephram St. Cloud