In July 2011, it was reported that Ameriie was in the studio working on her fifth studio album, titled Cymatika Vol. 1. The EP's title is based on the word cymatics, the study of visible sound and vibration. The production lineup consists of Riley Urick, The Buchanans, and Andre Harris (of Dre & Vidal), amongst others; Ameriie said that she may reunite with Rich Harrison for the project but that it would be "a matter of when and in what way." Cymatika Vol. 1 will also include special guest appearances from Drunken Tiger's Tiger JK and Tasha Reid. According to the singer, Cymatika will explore freedom, androgyny, and the new world order, and is influenced by trance, electronica, house, and new wave. Second and third volumes of Cymatika are planned.
In 2012, Ameriie announced a forthcoming 'mini-LP' titled The Prelude; subsequently, in 2013, she stated that she had been working on a new project, Because I Love It Vol. II, a follow-up to her 2007 album. Ameriie said that this album, now titled BILI, stemmed from songs that did not fit sonically or thematically onto Cymatika—"songs that are heavy in percussion, but have a very aggressive, soulful element to them. They don't exist in any one time, or sound of the moment." BILI and Cymatika are both slated for release in 2015. A single, "What I Want" (which samples "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band), was released from BILI in 2014. Later in the year, Ameriie premiered the track "Mustang" and announced a UK tour for March 2015. In March 2015, Ameriie collaborated with long-time friend and producer Rich Harrison on a single, "Out Loud". She promoted the song through live performances and made it available on SoundCloud and YouTube. In May 2016, she appeared on The Breakfast Club and announced an EP titled Drive set for release on May 20, a second untitled EP due in July, and that she was still at work on her Cymatika album trilogy.
The artwork features a photo taken from a car. Ameriie stated on an interview that the EP is titled Drive because it's "music that you can put in your car and drive to". It shows a road with fog and nature around it. It also shows Amerie's name on the bottom right (stylized as AMERIIE).