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Diplo lays a track using his Tesla’s dashboard

The Silk City promo definitely has our attention.

Screenshot of Diplo's Instagram reel showing off music track creation in a Tesla
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Diplo and Mark Ronson’s Silk City has a new song out, and Diplo decided to promote it in an interesting way. The music producer and DJ took to Instagram to show how Silk City’s “New Love” could be recreated on a Tesla's dashboard.

Beats on the fly — EDM has identified the program Diplo uses as TRAX, a digital audio workstation (DAW). The program hit Teslas in late 2019, but a recent update has expanded its capabilities. It’s definitely no replacement for the likes of Ableton, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, or even FL Studio, but it clearly has enough under the hood to build the skeleton of a song.

Teslas are still nowhere close to being ready for a fully unsupervised AutoPilot mode, but this could be a fun way to pass the time in low-risk scenarios or for passengers. Notably, Diplo recreated “New Love” while parked, but let’s hope this whole stunt doesn’t give Elon Musk any ideas.

Silk City is back! — Excluding a Robyn remix, the last time we got a track from Silk City was “Electricity” which featured Dua Lipa. The duo’s latest single brings in the talents of Ellie Goulding who rocks curls that would make Marie Antoinette jealous in the gauzy nostalgia of the music video.