The recently established Italian label T-Bet has put out a fair number of splits in its two years, and the newest is instructive. Sometimes splits are simply convenient places to put odd tracks, or very simple ones. The latter route is what Jay Haze's A-side of the Time for Some Action EP follows. "Brief Ace" kicks in with hard, jacking drums and a mixed-down vocal snippet that completely eschews soft focus. It's not far from a tool, but it is still sit-down listenable. "Mighty Mighty" is craftier, with sinuous, unhurried bass pinning down drifting keyboards and vivacious hi-hats, its jazz and R&B roots showing to good effect.
Signor Andreoni's half mixes raw and smooth more neatly than do Haze's matched opposites; furthermore, his tracks are hungry and ambitious. "Flip Side" offers the kind of comfortable thump that shuffles obvious ingredients (snare rolls, disco bassline, chopped male-diva moan) with relish and charm. "Soul Burner" is bubblier and lighter, but no less skillful, a simple trumpet motif woven through the synths glugs and hi-hat skips and ground-digging bass like it's dreaming its way to coat check.