Run the Jewels 2 - Their first collaboration was excellent and made my top 10 of the year. They picked up right where they left off. Like I said before, I'm a big El-P fan, but not a big Killer Mike fan, but the combo of the 2 is golden.
Flying Lotus - You're Dead! - He is the leader in experimental electronic music. The album flows really well and has to be listened to from start to finish.
Ty Segall - Manipulator - I'm a little late on the Ty Segall bandwagon, but this guy is constantly pumping out music. Manipulator is a great mix of garage rock/fuzz guitar and 70s psychedelic rock.
The War on Drugs - Lost In Dream - I discovered this band on Later with Jools Holland. I'm glad I didn't miss them. I have listened to a little of their past music, but it seems like the band has really come together on Lost in Dream.
Wild Beasts - Present Tense - Their past album probably should have made it on my best of for 2011. I love Hayden Thorpe's vocals. Hopefully this album and their previous, Smother, will be the start of a great career for this band.
TV on the Radio - Seeds - I didn't think TV on the Radio would be able to come close to their classic album "Dear Science." I'm not saying this album is close to it. It's still a good album. I don't know if they will ever be quite as funky as they were on "Dear Science," but it was nice to see them come back from the let down of "Nine Types of Light."
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags - Malkmus continues to pump out quality tunes. I don't think there will ever be a Pavement reunion because Malkmus meshes so well with the Jicks.
Spoon - They Want My Soul - Another band that continues to pump out solid albums. This album seems to incorporate a little more pop and synthesizers than past albums.
Robert Plant - lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar - Robert Plant does not want a Led Zeppelin reunion! Of course everyone would love it, but I just don't think it would be the same. The members are old and Plant can't hit the notes he could when he was younger. He has moved on and made some great albums. This is one of them. Unique instruments and good chemistry make the album a standout.
Phantogram - Voices
Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
Glass Animals - ZABA
Future Islands - Singles
Animals as Leaders - The Joy Of Motion