None of Shadows truly reprises the bounce flavors of Heatwave. Jersey club and vogue house are apparent influences, although more in their martial energy than "Ha" samples—even if "Marimba Track" does get its own version of vocal exclamations. It's also in the vocal style of Divoli S'vere, who features on both "Shadows" and "Click Clack." In the former, S'vere offers one line of chanted repetition, but the latter betrays the cadence of a vogue MC. "Truffle Track" is the obvious bootleg, using the instrumental of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter" as a launching-off point.
There's something fresh and compelling about Leonce's skeletal percussion funk, with its Southern energy and marching band flavor. While it references familiar American regional club scenes, most of the tracks don't fit neatly into any one. But Shadows still feels like a young producer learning his craft, with a simplicity that speaks to inexperience rather than elegance.