Long before she bought a vowel for her name, hopped on the international pop trolley, and bleached her hair into oblivion, the artist formerly known as Amerie was a favorite of mine. OK, "favorite" may be a bit generous, but I usually enjoyed her musical offerings. Back when she was the proudly biracial around-the-way girl from Georgetown University, most of her work with beatmaker Rich Harrison received heavy play on my iPod. Even the last two albums, which the public ignored, I loved. Now, she's veering off into world pop-acid house-trance land and going by "Ameriie"--with the extra "i" reflecting positive energy. Of course, because an extra "e" would have made no sense whatsoever. She's recording her new album, Cymatica Vol. 1, in a special DNA-repairing frequency and studying visible sound and vibration, and so on. That's special, but I long for her more
sane wholesome days, which remixer/producer Sam Champ took me back to with his remix of Amerie's (one "i") "Why Don't We Fall In Love." The track, "Fall In Love (Sam Champ Remix)," comes from the Sam Champ Remix EP due out this month. Here, he smooths out Amerie's debut single, giving it what struck me as a throwback A Tribe Called Quest vibe with a verse from Ludacris. Enjoy these good tidings of musical joy.