Total Contrast

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Total Contrast was a male duo from England, specialising in soul and electro music. They are well known for their 1985 hit "Takes a Little Time", which made number 1 on the US dance chart and number 17 in the UK. The group formed in 1983 consisting of members Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray.[1]


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.[1] Further releases in the UK included "Hit and Run", a minor hit which reached #41 in 1985, "The River" which peaked at #44 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 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. The same happened to their 1988 cover version of Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain".

Achampong and Murray formed Tongue 'n' Cheek.

Total Contrast found popularity with 1980s revivalists, in particular the Canadian duo Chromeo, who included "Takes a Little Time" on their 2005 album, Chromeo Presents Un Joli Mix Pour Toi.



  • "Be with You Tonight" (1983)
  • "Next Time I'll Know Better/Sunshine" (1984)
  • "The Apple of My Eye" (1984) (as Carroll Thompson featuring Total Contrast)
  • "Hit and Run" (1985) - UK #41
  • "Takes a Little Time" (1985) - UK #17
  • "The River" (1985) - UK #44
  • "What You Gonna Do About It" (1986) - UK #63
  • "Jody" (1987) - UK #90
  • "Kiss" (1987) - UK #80
  • "Waiting in Vain" (1988) - UK #90
  • "Takes a Little Time"/"Hit and Run" (1990)[1]


  • Total Contrast (1986)
  • Beat to Beat (1987)

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  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 562. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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