Unlike Pluto Reveals New Side Project Why Mona, Drops Smoldering Cover of 'We Will Rock You': Exclusive

Unlike Pluto and Joanna Jones
Allen Dobbins

Unlike Pluto and Joanna Jones

Unlike Pluto is launching a new side project called Why Mona with partner Joanna Jones, the team that brought us a house-infused rework of TLC's "No Scrubs" back in February. And for their debut single as the new act, premiering today (Aug 11) on Billboard Dance, the duo is hitting us with another classic throwback -- a cover of Queen's iconic 1977 stadium staple "We Will Rock You."

Tackling a signature track from a Hall-of-Fame band is an ambitious effort, but Why Mona pull it off, layering a finger-snapping beat, swelling synths and reverberating, metallic drop to give the rock n' roll chant a smoldering, sinister new sound. On the vocal front, Jones' drawling, Lana Del Rey-esque croons bathe the song in an eerie, smoky soundscape, bringing the original track from head-banging rock anthem to sultry club jam.

The new side project is the latest in a line of stellar collabs from Unlike Pluto, the Los Angeles-based producer whose latest single, the steamy "Let It Bleed" with Cristina Gatti, dropped July 28. 

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Listen to Why Mona's "We Will Rock You" cover below, and look out for more from the new project.

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