Total Contrast ‎– The River (1986)

Total Contrast was a male duo from England, specialising in soul and electro music. Group members were Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray.

In the mid 1980s, they scored several hits on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including “Takes a Little Time,” which hit #1 in 1985. In their homeland, the same song, reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart. Further releases included “Hit and Run”, a minor hit which reached #41 in the UK in 1985, “The River” which peaked at #44 UK in early 1986, and “What You Gonna Do About It” peaking at #63 in the summer of 1986. The latter track was also featured on the band’s 1986 self-titled album. They recorded on London Records.

“The River” was mixed by Nick Rodgers & Steve Harvey and “Takes A Little Time” was remixed by Michael Brauer.

The River (Extensive Remix)                            6:49

Takes A Little Time (U.S. Remix)                     7:23

The River (Serious Dub)                                   4:13

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Total Contrast ‎– Jody (Yardie Remix) (1987)

Total Contrast was a male duo from England, specialising in soul and electro music. Group members were Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray.

In the mid 1980s, they scored several hits on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including “Takes a Little Time,” which hit #1 in 1985. In their homeland, the same song, reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart. Further releases included “Hit and Run”, a minor hit which reached #41 in the UK in 1985, “The River” which peaked at #44 UK in early 1986, and “What You Gonna Do About It” peaking at #63 in the summer of 1986. The latter track was also featured on the band’s 1986 self-titled album. They recorded on London Records.

They appeared on the Dance Aid single, released in April 1987. Another album, Beat To Beat, was released in 1987. Two singles, “Kiss” and “Jody”, despite being popular on the dance floors, failed to chart.

“Jody” was produced by Steve Harvey and Dancin’ Danny D provided the remixes for this UK 12″ single.

Jody (Yardie Remix)                                               7:03

Jody (Yardie Instrumental)                                       3:50

Jody (LP Version)                                                   4:12

Jody (That’s My Man Throwin’ Down Mix)                 3:29

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Total Contrast ‎– Takes A Little Time (1985)

Total Contrast was a male duo from England, specialising in soul and electro music. Group members were Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray.

In the mid 1980s, they scored several hits on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including “Takes a Little Time,” which hit #1 in 1985.  In their homeland, the same song, reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart. Further releases included “Hit and Run”, a minor hit which reached #41 in the UK in 1985, “The River” which peaked at #44 UK in early 1986, and “What You Gonna Do About It” peaking at #63 in the summer of 1986.

For the US 12″ of “Takes A Little Time” , Michael Brauer  supplied the Vocal and Dub Version mixes while the original UK mixes by John Gallen & Steve Harvey were included on the B side.

This track is a personal favourite and one of the finest examples of the Brit soul explosion of the mid 80’s.

Takes A Little Time (Vocal)                                         8:00

Takes A Little Time (Dub Version)                                6:16

Takes A Little Time (Vocal) (The Bandito Mix)               5:30

Takes A Little Time (Dub Version) (Mirage Style)           5:58

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