We do love all the seasons, but oh how summer holds a special place in our hearts. Nothing beats the sights, the smells, and especially the sounds and the flavors. So, we came up with the idea to invite some of our favorite friends to share their ultimate summer playlist with you. Turn up the volume, gift your ears some of the best tunes, and keep the memories of #SLINGSHOTSUMMER fresh as we head into a new season.

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Photo by Dan Huiting

Photo by Dan Huiting


Dear Hearts just celebrated our five year anniversary (high five! and high six to you, Slingshot!). The two of us, Stella and Donna, have a pretty dreamy and fun business - we get to design and style backstage hangout areas + artist green rooms/trailers at music festivals in the US and Mexico. We've also styled photo shoots and music videos for bands like Sylvan Esso and Wye Oak. And we do wardrobe for commercials. Annnnd we style the occasional restaurant/biz space. Basically we spend a chunk of our time going with our guts, riffing off our intuition and making people and moments feel special and cozy. There are a lot of not-as-pretty behind-the-scenes work to it all (early mornings,  sweaty 16+-hour days, hauling cumbersome things with our arms and backs) but all that really matters is that end result. Do you feel good? Then we feel good! That's the gist of it.

We have been in love with Slingshot since forever. First, it's delicious and always feels like a special treat. But also very important: it simplifies our lives. There is nothing like waking up groggy as hell at 4:30am for an early call time, road trip or flight and not having to force your brain and hands to make a pour-over. Instead, it's simply some ice, some almond or cashew or coconut milk, Slingshot cold brew, a little stir and suddenly! Zip-zap! We're jazzed and ready to do this (or at least awake enough to remember to brush our teeth)!

So because of this - Dear Hearts, Slingshot, getting zip-zapped and friendship - this playlist is dedicated to the ultimate summer adventure: ROAD TRIPS.

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Our guest this week is a bit of a "Flashback Friday" for us here at Slingshot. When we moved into our old (as of this week!) production facility in 2014, we threw a big party. A party isn’t a party without some live music and Stu (of The Love Language) brought it. We thought it would be fitting to invite him back as our DJ this week and to sort of “pop open the bottle of champagne” for us in our new production facility via Spotify. The second time around equals a tradition right? Celebrate with us over this super summer playlist-until we throw our opening party once again in the NEAR future.

This was a pleasure to make for my friends at Slingshot Coffee... I desperately need their cold brew which I basically can't live without.


Click here to check out the tour dates for The Love Language


Counter Culture Coffee X #SLINGSHOTSUMMER

Here comes the coffee playlist partnership which dreams are made of...our friends at CCC in Durham have joined us as our DJ this round. When humpday is a holiday, Friday needs a little extra boost and this playlist has got it. Pour some Slingshot and enjoy!

This playlist was compiled from the coffee-driven people working in Counter Culture's Durham headquarters. From roasting and operations to sales and support, we love listening to music while we work! These are some of the jams you might hear playing around our roastery and offices.

North Carolina summers get pretty hot so we like to enjoy Slingshot over ice with friends on a porch, in a yard, at the beach, on a river, in the city, or anywhere with a view!


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Hello from Slingshot HQ! Thank you for jamming out with our Guest DJs so far this summer. This week’s round - coming at you is our Home Team Playlist. Here are some of our favorite summertime tunes from our production warehouse, our offices, and our on the road jams while we deliver or travel to tastings. Join in for a feel of Slingshot behind the scenes. This is what Slingshot Summer means via sound from our family. Our inspiration is WORK HARD/PLAY HARD. So turn this one up for all of your summer happenings-work and play, in and outside, sun up to sun down, here’s your playlist for it. Grab your Slingshot. Shake it. Enjoy!

Photo by  Itzel Alejandra Martinez

Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez

SLINGSHOT SUMMER x combo chimbita

Coffee lovers, you know Colombia is home of some of the best specialty coffees near and dear to our hearts.

When we first heard the music of Combo Chimbita, with roots in Colombia, we knew it would be a great way to celebrate this summer.

So, we asked Carolina Oliveros, lead vocalist of Combo Chimbita, to send over her ideal summer playlist. Surprise!--we had no idea we’d get 10 HOURS worth of jams. Now, there’s no excuse to go about your business this weekend without any musical motivation.

We’re looking forward to seeing Combo Chimbita at Hopscotch Music Festival in less than a month here in Raleigh. Hope to see you there!

(And if you can’t make it to Hopscotch, click here for their tour dates.)


SLINGSHOT SUMMER x raleigh distance project

We are the Raleigh Distance Project, a team of six women chasing one collective dream of running at the highest levels of national and international competition. Our commitment is to create enthusiasm for our sport and increase the strength of the running community in the Raleigh area. 

In a time where performance enhancing substances and illegal shortcuts are rampant in the world of professional running, we as athletes of the Raleigh Distance Project pledge to stay clean in training and competition. Our discovery of coffee and music have become our essential, legal, boosts to our training and performance! 

When RDP assembles for a workout, we are pumping up a playlist and prepping with Slingshot. We are fully aware about the side effects, which can include: uplifted mood, getting us hype to get up and go, and keeping us inspired during a workout. FINALLY! An all-natural performance enhancement athletes of all levels can use in their sport that is perfectly legal. 

We are excited to share our collaborative playlist with you. These songs keep us going throughout our 60-100 mile weeks as we prepare for the 2020 Olympic Trials. We wish you inspiration to run, motivation to give back to your community, and to be the strongest version of yourself.  

Much love, the Raleigh Distance Project