Posted Jan 20th, 2015 (9:00 am) by Sean O'Leary

Funk outfit SugarBad are set to release their album Up In The Clouds on January 27, and InYourSpeakers is happy to premiere an album stream of it for your listening pleasure.

Born out of sessions as the house band at 169 Bar in New York, SugarBad is a funk act that prides themselves on maintaining the energy of a rock group. Their blazing horn section and accomplished rhythm players provide a platform for vocalist Lisa Ramey to stand on, giving them a range that goes from understated and subtle to wild and crazy without ever sounding forced. Tracks like "Up In The Clouds" and "You And I" give a great indication of that range, both employing slow burner sections that open up into rocking choruses where Ramey's vocals soar over horn-and-guitar riffs. Others, like "Just Can't Stop," start big and keep growing - just when you think the track has hit its apex, it pushes even further. There's no lack of technical chops with any of SugarBad's players either, with jazz solo choruses and crazy guitar chords that make it clear that the band have honed their skills through years on the scene.

That skill and experience has been paying off for them, too. The group has played everywhere from Jazz! at Lincoln Center to Rockwood Music Hall, and they've got a couple performances coming up in the next month or so that can be checked out online. Their previous EP, First Cut, displays raw talent; Up In The Clouds displays refinement and depth that comes from putting in the hours as a performer and player, and it's not to be missed. You can stream Up In The Clouds in its entirety above, and you will be able to pick it up on January 27 on Bandcamp.

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