Florence and the Machine's new single, 'Shake It Out', is like a hangover cure.

Singer Florence Welch has previous said she was looking to find the perfect antidote to a night's drinking in song, and says the writing process for her latest single saw her achieve her goal.

She told radio station XFM: "I wanted to just shake something out, shake out these regrets, shake out these things that haunt you. It was one of those songs that came in about half an hour and when you've got a hangover, it is almost like a hangover cure. You're like, thank you!"

Florence was quick, however, to explain that she doesn't always write her songs when recovering from nights out.

She added: "I don't want everyone to think that I always write songs with a hangover! Because I don't, I really don't. But with this one I have to say there was a bit of one lurking in my mind as I wrote it. It was like I was trying to write a hangover cure."

Florence and The Machine's second album, 'Ceremonials', is out on October 31.