If Wincent uses techno as a launching point, she's left it pretty far behind on Illusion Of Randomness—although rhythm as a heartbeat underpins these five tracks, and rhythm in general is foregrounded in a big way. Consisting entirely of differently pitched rhythms (its modulated, one-note bassline has no melody to speak of), "Chrome" feels the most insistent with its 32nd-note breakdowns. "Investigation" uses a similar method to different ends, while "Monstera" consists of little more than synths and static bursts.
Wincent is operating with a gritty and rough minimalism, but uses it effectively. Perhaps that's why the strongest tracks include the most sparing of vocals. The opener "As If" and closer "Stream Of Consciousness" both carry a tension that's conveyed not only by creeping electronics but also by their mantric refrains: "As if / What if" in the former and whispered incantations in the latter. Illusion Of Randomness is dark and uneasy, and it leaves you ready for more.